Dr. Leigh Gabel, PhD

Pronouns: she/her
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Assistant Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Full Member

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Background

Educational Background

PhD Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2017

MSc Kinesiology, McMaster University, 2011

Bachelors Honours Kinesiology, Western University, 2008

Biography

My research examines the development of the musculoskeletal system across the lifespan using advanced medical imaging (HR-pQCT, pQCT, DXA). I examine sex- and maturity-related differences in bone and muscle development in children and adolescents. My research also focuses on understanding the impact of loading (physical activity, exercise) and unloading (sedentary time, microgravity) on skeletal adaptation.  

Research

Participation in university strategic initiatives

Courses

Course number Course title Semester
KNES 355 Human Growth and Development Winter 2022

Awards

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship, CIHR. 2021
  • T. Chen Fong Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Imaging Science, University of Calgary. 2017
  • Postgraduate Fellowship, Alberta Innovates. 2017
  • Endeavour Fellowship, Australian Government. 2014
  • Fredrick Banting and Charles Best CGS Doctoral Research Award, CIHR. 2012

Publications

  • Exercise and bone health across the lifespan. Macdonald HM, Gabel L, McKay HA. Clinical Sports Medicine: Exercise Medicine. (2019)
  • Exercise and the female skeleton. Gabel L and Macdonald HM. The Female Athlete Triad: A Clinical Guide. (2015)

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