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Farrell Cahill - PhD. Candidate, MSc. Kinesiology, BSc. Kinesiology (Honours)


   I obtained my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology(honours) at Memorial University from the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, during which time I took part in two peer reviewed journal publications under the supervision of Dr. David Behm. I then went on to obtain a Master’s of Science degree(MSc) in Kinesiology at the University Manitoba. During my MSc I worked under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, during which time I was a part of four journal publications. My master’s thesis investigated the effects of whole body hypothermia on voluntary activation of elbow flexors. However, during my MSc I was also a research assistant for Dr. Phillip Gardiner at the Spinal Cord Research Center at the University of Manitoba. My time in this laboratory exposed me to various rat wet labs techniques while also participating in investigations on the passive and active electrophysiological properties of rat hind limb motorneurons. During these investigations I contributed to two journal publications.

   Returning to Newfoundland in the fall of 2007 I continued research at Memorial University with Dr. Antony Card. We first investigated the levels of physical activity in rural schools throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. During our second project we collaborated with the University of Waterloo to complete a national biennial survey(Youth Smoking Survey) in our province, which provides both national and provincial data on youth smoking rates as well as attitudes and behaviours of Canadian children and adolescents with respect to tobacco. Also, upon my return to Newfoundland in the fall of 2007 I began human thermoregulation research with Dr. Fabien Bassett and the National Research Council. Our investigation was the effect of lower body cooling on the changes in three core temperature indices.
   In September 2009 I began work on My PhD in Human Genetics with Dr. Sun as my Supervisor. My work in this laboratory will be related to the endocrine, nutritional and genetic causes of obesity. Specifically, I will be investigating the individual and joint effect of the major gut hormone mechanisms in energy homeostasis through gut-brain communication to determine their effect on appetite(food intake), insulin resistance, body weight, body fat distribution, and obesity. I will also be investigating the genetic associations between the sequence variations in the genes for the major gut hormones investigated.


Wadden, D., Cahill F., Amini P., Randell E., Vasdev S., Yi Y., Church J., Sun G. Circulating Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Increases in Response to Short-Term Overfeeding in Men. Nutrition & Metabolism (London) 10, 33.

Cahill, F., Shahidi, M., Shea. J., Wadden, D., Gulliver, W., Randell, E., Vasdev, S., Sun, G. (2012) High Dietary Magnesium Intake is Associated with Low Insulin Resistance in the Newfoundland Population.  PLoS ONE 8(3): e58278. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058278

Wadden D., Cahill F., Amini P., Randell E., Vasdev S., Yi Y., Zhang W., Sun G. (2012) Serum Acylated Ghrelin Concentrations in Response to Short-Term Overfeeding in Normal Weight, Overweight, and Obese Men. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45748. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045748

Amini P., Wadden D., Cahill F., Randell E., Vasdev S., Chen X.,  Gulliver W., Zhang W., Hongwei Zhang H., Yi Y., Sun G. (2012) Serum Acylated Ghrelin Is Negatively Correlated with the Insulin Resistance In the CODING study. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45657. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0045657

Sun,G., Cahill, F., Gulliver, W., Yi,Y., Xie, Y., Bridger, T., Pace, D., Zhang, H. (2012) Concordance of BAI and BMI with DXA in the Newfoundland population. Obesity Journal  DOI: 10.1002/oby.20009

Cahill, F., Shea, J.L., Randell, E., Vasdev, S., Sun,G. (2010) Whole PYY response is blunted in overweight & obese young men after overfeeding. American Journal Clinical Nutrition - AJCN/2010/003624

Basset F.A., Cahill, F., Handrigan G., DuCharme M.B., Cheung S.S.(2010) The effect of lower body surface cooling on the changes in core temperature at three sites. Physiol Measurements - PMEA/369754/PAP/257829
Cahill, F., Pretorius, T., Kalmar J., Gardiner, P.F., Giesbrecht, G.G. (2009) The effect of whole body mild hypothermia on the voluntary activation of the elbow flexors. Under Review.

Lundgren, J.P., Henriksson, O., Pretorius, T., Cahill, F., Bristow, G., Chochinov, A., Pretorius, A., Bjornstig, U., Giesbrecht, G.G. (2009) Field torso-warming modalities: a comparative study using a human model. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2009 Sep;13(3):371-8.

Hearn, J., Cahill, F., Behm, D. (2008) An Inverted Seated Posture Decreases Elbow Flexion Force and Muscle Activation. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2009 May;106(1):139-47.

Kalmar, J.M., Button, D.C., Gardiner, K., Cahill, F., Gardiner, P.F. (2008) Caloric restriction does not offset age-associated changes in the biophysical properties of motoneurons. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Feb;101(2):548-57.

Pretorius, T, Cahill, F
, Giesbrecht, G.G. (2008) Thermal effects of whole head submersion in cold water on non shivering humans. Aviat Space Environ Med.2008 May;79(5):495-9.

Giesbrecht, G.G., Jamieson, C., Cahill, F. (2007) Cooling firefighters by forearm and hand immersion in 10 and 20 °C water. Aviat Space Environ Med.2007 Jun;78 (6):561-7.

Button, D.C., Kalmar, J.M., Gardiner, K.R., Cahill, F., and Gardiner, P.F. (2006) Spike frequency adaptation of rat hindlimb motoneurones. J Appl Physiol. 2007 Mar;102(3):1041-50.

Behm, D.G., Bambury, A., Cahill, F., and Power, K. (2004) Effect of Acute Static Stretching on Force, Balance, Reaction Time, and Movement Time. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Vol. 36, No. 8, pp. 1389–1396, 2004.

Power, K., Behm, D.G., Cahill, F., Carroll, M., and Young, W. (2004) An Acute Bout of Static Stretching: Effects on Force and Jumping Performance. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Vol. 36, No. 8, pp. 1397–1402, 2004.