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Luisa Giles

Luisa Giles 2016

Position: Instructor
Department: Sports Science
Faculty: Science and Technology
Office #: N1337 (New Westminster), A3133 (Coquitlam)
Phone: (604) 527-5040
Fax: (604) 527-5032
Address: P.O. Box 2503, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 5B2


Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
M.Sc., Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
B.Sc., Sports Science and Information Systems, Staffordshire University, UK

Academic and Professional Profile

Luisa has been a faculty member in the Department of Sport Science at Douglas College since Sept 2014. Prior to this Luisa taught undergraduate and graduate courses as contract faculty at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Douglas College. Throughout her graduate degrees Luisa also worked as a teaching assistant at UBC in the Kinesiology department.

Luisa earned her doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia where her research and training was funded through Health Canada, the Fraser Basin Council, the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine, the Ministry of Environment, and the University of British Columbia. During her graduate degrees she gained a strong theoretical foundation in human physiology, with a particular focus on exercise, environmental, and cardio-respiratory physiology. Dr. Giles’ training and research focused on the cardio-respiratory responses to exercising in air pollution where she gained and a wealth of experience working with healthy populations, elite athletes, and clinical populations. 

Luisa was formerly a research coordinator in the Lab for Environmental and Exercise Physiology at SFU where she performed research in hot and cold conditions as well as hypo- and hyperbaric environments. Luisa, also formerly worked as a sport scientist with the Canadian BMX team and a knowledge translation scientist at the National Collaborating Center for Environmental Health. 

Luisa has served as a scientific advisor to the Clean Air Champions, and as a director for the BC Environmental and Occupations Health Research Network and the AllerGen Students and New Professionals Network. Dr. Giles was formally a member of the technical committee for the for the Canadian Standards Agency on Residential Carbon Monoxide Alarming Devices, and the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Indoor Air Quality and Health group. 

Outside of work Luisa is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for rock climbing, mountaineering, ski touring, mountain biking, trail running and growing vegetables. 

Refereed Publications

Giles, LV. Brandenburg, JP. Carlsten, C. and Koehle, MS. Air pollution affects the respiratory and metabolic responses to low- but not high-intensity exercise. Medicine Science Sports and Exercise 2014; Oct 46(20): 1999-2006. 

Giles, LV. Koehle, MS. The Health Effects of Exercising in Air Pollution. Sports Medicine 2013; Feb 44(2): 223-49.

Giles, LV. Carlsten, C. and Koehle, MS. The Effect of Pre-exposure to Diluted Diesel Exhaust on 20km Cycling Time Trial Performance and Cardio-respiratory Variables. Inhalation Toxicology 2012; 24 (12) 783-789.

Giles, LV. Warburton, DER. Esch, BT. Fedoruk, MN. Rupert, JL. Taunton, JE. The effects of hypoxic and normoxic conditions on endothelin-1 and arterial compliance. Journal of Sports Science 2012; 30 (3): 261-7. 

Giles, LV. Barn, P. Künzli, N. Romieu, I. Mittleman, MA. van Eeden, S. Allen, R. Carlsten, C. Stieb, D. Noonan, C. Smargiassi, A. Kaufman, JD. Hajat, S. Kosatsky, T. Brauer, M. From Good Intentions to Proven Interventions: Effectiveness of Actions to Reduce the Health Impacts of Air Pollution. Environmental Health Perspectives 2011; 119 (1): A29-34

Koehle, MS. Giles, LV. Walsh, ML. White, MD. 2010. The Effects of Lower Body Positive and Negative Pressure on Hypoxic Ventilatory Decline. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology 2010; 172 (1-2): 37-41

Koehle, MS. Giles, LV. Curtis, AN. Walsh, ML. White, MD. Performance of a compact end-tidal forcing system. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology 2009; 167: 155-161.

Giles, LV. Rhodes, EC. Taunton, J. The Physiology of Rock Climbing. Sports Medicine 2006; 36 (6): 529-45.

Book Chapters in Preparation

Giles, LV. and Koehle, MS. Air pollution and cyclists. Prepared for Human Kinetics for a book entitled Cycling Science that is edited by Dr. Mikel Zabala and Dr. Stephen Cheung.

Giles LV. The Physiology of Climbing. Prepared for Taylor and Francis, Routledge for a book entitled The Science of Mountaineering and Climbing.

Community Service

Ongoing, Peer Reviewer, Chest (co-reviewer), European Journal of Sports Sciences, Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism, Wilderness Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Social Science and Medicine

2014, Technical Committee Member, The Canadian Standards Agency on Residential Carbon Monoxide Alarming Devices (JB109).

2014, Working Group Member, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Indoor Air Quality and Health group, facilitated by Health Canada.

2013/2014, Advisory Group Member, Healthy Neighborhood Design and Healthy Transportation Networks section of the Healthy Built. Environment linkages toolkit.

2012-2014, Events and Communications Director, AllerGen Students and New Professionals Network.

2011-2012, Scientific Advisor, Curriculum-linked program focusing on air quality and health.

2010-2014, Director-at-Large, BC Environmental and Occupational Research Network.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)