Robert J. Petrella

University of Western Ontario, Canada

Robert J. Petrella is the Beryl and Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Rehabilitation and Geriatric Care (ARGC) at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, as well as Assistant Director for ARGC at the Lawson Health Research Institute, London, ON, Canada. He is also Medical Director of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, London, ON, Canada and Past President of the Canadian Coalition for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control. Dr. Petrella holds a CIHR Chair in “Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy Aging.” He works as a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Medicine (Division of Cardiology), and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and School of Kinesiology at University of Western Ontario. Dr. Petrella’s research interests include laboratory- and community-based study of the determinants of lifestyle intervention in CVD prevention, management, and control. He currently holds research funding from various agencies as CIHR, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), and Ontario Ministry of Health and has over 100 original publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Petrella, who is the nominated P.I. and Team Leader, has been awarded $3.8 million by CIHR in partnership with the HSF and the CDA to lead an innovative 5-year project that brings together researchers from Canada (12 scientists) and Finland (7 scientists) to study whether exercise could prevent the onset or modify the risk of CVCs in susceptible persons. A major objective in this proposal is to identify and then to prevent and treat early markers of CVCs in patients at risk for or with diabetes. Dr. Petrella is P.I., with collaborators at McMaster University, who recently received 3-year funding from the MOHLTC’s Drug Innovation Fund to apply the Ontario Diabetes Economic Model to a primary care cohort in southwestern Ontario to determine the impact of newer treatments for diabetes on health outcomes and costs. Dr. Petrella was also recently appointed Editor-in-Chief for Rheumatology Reports.

Biography Updated on 27 January 2011

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