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Cardiometabolic Exercise & Lifestyle Laboratory (CELLAB)

The CELLAB studies physical activity, obesity, diabetes and cardiometabolic health. They work with community partners like local nursing homes, Obesity Canada and Diabetes Canada to translate their research into better health for New Brunswickers.

Human Performance Lab

UNB is home to one of the most advanced, innovative and unique motion analysis labs in North America.

The Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Lab at the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER features state of the art equipment, including a motion capture system, a Cybex isokinetic strength-training chair and two electromyography systems.

These elements combine to provide researchers with accurate readings for strength testing, muscle activity, ground forces and more.

While there are similar movement labs across the county, the Human Performance Lab remains unique because of the track that bisects the lab. Researchers can open the doors and allow participants to walk, jog, or wheel through the lab, which facilitates continuous motion during measurement.

Behaviour Change Lab

The Behaviour Change Lab develops interventions that support changes in health and wellbeing. Their work focuses on understanding and changing health behaviours, from initiating change to long-term maintenance.

The lab uses state-of-the-art psychological methods and theories to understand and change health-related behaviour. Dr. Stephan Dombrowski and his team have expertise in complex behaviour change intervention development across a range of health behaviours and populations.

Prenatal/Postnatal Exposures on Adiposity Development in infantS (PEADS) Laboratory

The PEADS laboratory aims to prevent obesity by targeting early life nutrition and physical activity exposures in mothers and/or infants. Projects explore the predisposition of obesity through several mechanisms, including hormonal, inflammatory, metabolic, and microbialfactors. Ultimately, work in the PEADS lab will contribute to the development and implementation of novel, effective, and sustainable early life interventions to prevent obesity in infants and children.

The PEADS laboratory is one of the only labs in Canada that works with vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and infants by exploring breastmilk and gut microbiome composition as mediators of obesity development. It employs clinical research, basic science, and qualitative and quantitative methods to answer research questions on this topic. As well, it uniquely uses state-of-the-art equipment, such as air-displacement plethysmography, exercise testing, and breastmilk analyzers to lead innovations in breaking the intergenerational transmission of obesity. Contact Dr. Maryam Kebbe at for more information.

Sport Innovation VR Lab

The Sport VR Lab uses innovation and Virtual Reality to enhance education and research in sport and recreation. We are exploring, creating and evaluating many ways in which VR can enhance training in sport management, governance and related settings.

We are a global, multi-disciplinary network focused on collaborations to address some of the biggest challenges in sport today, through innovation and Virtual Reality technology. We are particularly passionate about building diversity and social inclusion in sport and education.

The New Kinesiology Building

The New Kinesiology Building provides additional teaching and research space for the Faculty of Kinesiology. It incorporates academic programs, healthy living research, community outreach and entrepreneurial opportunities. The new building is adjacent to the CURRIE CENTER and directly linked to the Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Lab.

The enormous cost of treating chronic illnesses, particularly in New Brunswick where obesity rates are one of the highest in the country, is driving the demand for more applied research in preventative and rehabilitative care and UNB’s Faculty of Kinesiology is poised to be a part of the solution.

The new building creates a nationally significant research cluster focused on health, wellness, physical fitness and health promotion that will establish New Brunswick as a leader in preventative health care.