Russell T. Hepple
Department of Kinesiology
McGill University
475 Pine Ave W
Montreal, Québec
Tel: (514) 398-4184 #089684


Kinesiology & Physical Education
Université McGill


Post-Doctorat en Physiologie
University of California San Diego
Doctorat en Physiologie
University of Toronto
Maîtrise en Physiologie
University of Toronto
Baccalauréat en Physiologie
University of Saskatchewan


  • Biology and physiology of aging skeletal muscle
  • adaptive plasticity of skeletal muscle in health, disease, and aging
  • role of mitochondria in skeletal muscle health, disease, and aging
  • interventions to protect and/or restore mass and function of aging muscle; biology and physiology of the aging heart


Dr. Hepple is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McGill University, with associate membership in the Division of Critical Care Medicine, McGill University Health Centre, and the Department of Medicine, McGill University. Prior to joining McGill in 2011, he had been an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary (1999-2010). Dr. Hepple received his PhD from the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto in 1996, and conducted Postdoctoral training in the Division of Physiology at the University of California San Diego (1996-99). His research program focuses upon the mechanisms underlying muscle atrophy and dysfunction with aging, with particular focuses on the roles of mitochondria and motor neuron loss in these processes. Dr. Hepple supports his research through operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is a co-investigator on the nation-wide Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging, a 20-year study aimed at understanding the complex interplay of factors determining health in aging Canadians. He has previously held salary awards from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (Senior Scholar Award), CIHR ( New Investigator Award) and Heart and Stoke Foundation of Canada (New Investigator Award). Dr. Hepple is a former member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging Advisory Board, and current member of the CIHR MOV grant review committee. He is a longstanding member of numerous scholarly societies, including the Gerontological Society of America and the American Physiological Society.