Marc Poulin


Physiology and Pharmacology, Clinical Neurosciences

Certificat de Bilinguisme

Université Laurentienne, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (1986)

Programme Spécialise

É.P.S Faculty of Kinesiology, Université Laurentienne, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (1986)


Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (1993)

Ph.D, Respiratory Physiology and Ageing

University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (1993)

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Medical Research Council of Canada. Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford UK (1993-1996)

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford UK (1996-2000)


Faculty of Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford (New College), Oxford, UK (1999)

Contact information


Office: 403.220.8372

Web presence

Lab website


Office : HMRB 210

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Vascular physiology, Exercise physiology,Healthy aging
  • Management and prevention of vascular disease
  • Vascular risk factors and dementia
  • Computational physiology


Marc Poulin is Professor of Physiology in the Cumming School of Medicine (Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology, and Clinical Neurosciences) and the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, and the O’Brien Institute of Public Health at the University of Calgary. He also holds the Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Alzheimer Research. He obtained a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honors) from Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario; 1986), an MA and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University ofWestern Ontario (London, Canada; 1988 and 1993) and a DPhil in Respiratory and Cerebrovascular Human Physiology from the University of Oxford (New College; Oxford, UK; 1999).His research focuses on the mechanisms of cerebrovascular and cardiovascular regulation and perturbations in blood gases in health and disease. His two primary research areas include i) healthy brain aging and dementia (focusing on the impact of exercise on vascular health and cognitive function), and ii) the effects of intermittent hypoxia in health (using experimental human models), in workers who work at high altitude, and in the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Poulin is leading a graduate training specialization program in Mountain Medicine and High Altitude Physiology at the University of Calgary. Since 2010, he has been interacting with Canadian mining companies to better understand the challenges imposed on miners who work at high altitude in South America. He currently serves on the scientific advisory board of the International Hypoxia Symposia Conference series, and served as Editor for the journal Experimental Physiology (Physiological Society, UK; 2013-2017). He holds grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Dr. Poulin is PI for a new NSERC CREATE interdisciplinary program on new neuro-technologies (2019-2025).




2018 Fellow, The Physiological Society of Great Britain. London, United Kingdom
2017 Guenter Distinguished Achievement Award for International Health, UCalgary, Calgary, Alberta.
2014 School of Human Kinetics Exceptional Alumni Award, Laurentian University. Sudbury, Ontario,