Expert Alert – Love it or hate it – winter is here!

CIHR experts are available to discuss how to enjoy a healthy and active winter season

ATTENTION: Assignment editors, health, research and science reporters

For immediate release –


Ottawa, ON (December 20, 2012) – Canadians are gearing up for another season of snow, ice and cold weather. For some people it means heading outdoors to spend time on the ski slopes or the local skating rink. For others less enthusiastic about winter it means bundling up, surviving icy city streets, or fighting the winter blues.

The following CIHR-funded researchers are available to discuss research on health issues related to winter and winter activities.


Stay safe on the slopes: Preventing ski and snowboard injuries
Dr. Brent Hagel, CIHR-funded researcher (Calgary, Alberta)
Dr. Claude Goulet, CIHR-funded researcher (Quebec, Quebec)

Thermoregulation: Science of staying warm in the cold
Dr. Glen Kenny, CIHR-funded researcher (Ottawa, Ontario)

Winter skin safety: Protecting your skin from the sun, wind and cold
Dr. Youwen Zhou, CIHR-funded researcher (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Ice safety: Tips for preventing falls when the sidewalks are skating rinks
Dr. Stephen Robinovitch, CIHR-funded researcher (Burnaby, British Columbia)

Winter blues: Boosting the mood of people with seasonal affective disorder
Dr. Robert Levitan, CIHR-funded researcher (Toronto, Ontario)
Dr. Anthony Levitt, CIHR-funded researcher (Toronto, Ontario)

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

To schedule an interview, please contact:

David Coulombe
CIHR Media Specialist   

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