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The Research Team
Margaret McNeely


Lead & Co-Principal Investigator ACE

University of Alberta

Office: 780-248-1531

Lab: 780-492-6007

Margaret (Margie) McNeely is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She is in a jointly funded position with the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Cross Cancer Institute and is the Director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic in Corbett Hall at the University of Alberta.  


Her research is in the area of Impairment-based Cancer Rehabilitation, a specialty area that encompasses physical therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions to prevent or minimize the impact of cancer-related impairments including pain, fatigue and lymphedema. The overall goal of her research is to enhance the cancer survivor’s function and life participation.

Nicole Culos-Reed


Co-Lead & Co-Principal Investigator ACE

University of Calgary

Direct: 403-220-7540

Dr. Culos-Reed is a Professor of Health and Exercise Psychology in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology in Cumming School of Medicine, and Director of the Health and Wellness Lab/Thrive Centre. She also holds a Research Associate appointment with the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Dr. Culos-Reed’s research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and improving the quality of life of cancer survivors by developing physical activity programs to address the physical and psychological challenges they face throughout treatment and survivorship. This research has led to much national and international collaboration, including projects with Prostate Cancer Canada, the Movember Foundation, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Chris Sellar


Research Coordinator ACE

University of Alberta

Office: 780-492-6875

Chris Sellar completed his PhD in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Kerry Courneya, a Canadian Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer. Through his PhD training, Chris had the opportunity to apply his background in exercise physiology to the cancer setting​. He has worked on numerous research trials as a study coordinator and exercise physiologist.  Through this work he has examined the effects of exercise training both during and after cancer treatments, and in cancer groups such as breast cancer, lymphoma and colon cancer. Chris looks forward to contributing to the continued growth of the ACE program, and ensuring implementation of exercise into clinical care improves outcomes for cancer survivors across Alberta.


Tanya Williamson

Certified Exercise Physiologist

Research Coordinator ACE

University of Calgary

Tanya Williamson is a graduate of the University of Calgary and is certified by CSEP (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology) as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP). Since graduating in 2000, she has attained over 15 years of experience in different exercise rehabilitation settings including musculoskeletal rehab in both physiotherapy and occupational rehab settings. She also has 10 years of experience in cardiac rehab and 8 years of experience with cancer patients.  

Tanya has worked with the Health and Wellness Lab since 2010 when the Thrive Program started. Currently she is the Research Coordinator for ACE – Alberta Cancer Exercise program for Calgary and Southern Alberta.  She has also been involved with many of the studies and programs that the Health and Wellness Lab has been part of including conducting the exercise testing for BETA, ENHANCE, SCORE, AMBER, RECHARGE and ACE – MSI. She is proud to be part of a fantastic research group, bringing the knowledge translation of exercise programming to cancer patients and survivors.


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