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Darren Candow


Office: CK 173
Phone: 306-585-4906
Fax: 306-585-4854

Research interests
Exercise Physiology, Sport Nutrition, Musculoskeletal Health, Aging/Athletic Performance.

Research Interests

Dr. Darren Candow, PhD, CSEP-CEP, is Professor and Associate Dean-Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies. Dr. Candow supervises the Aging Muscle and Bone Health Laboratory, and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and Biogerontology. Dr. Candow has published > 100 research articles, reports and abstracts. Dr. Candow's research program involves the development of effective resistance training and nutritional intervention strategies for improving properties of aging muscle and bone health. Dr. Candow's research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), and the Nutricia Research Foundation.

Current Research Projects

Timing of creatine supplementation during resistance-exercise on muscle and bone biology.

Publications (Past 5 years)

Forbes, S.C., P.D. Chilibeck, D.G. Candow. (2018). Creatine Supplementation During Resistance Training Does Not Lead to Greater Bone Mineral Density in Older Humans: A Brief Meta-Analysis. Front Nutr, 2018 Apr 24;5:27.

Chilibeck, P.D., M. Kaviani, D. G. Candow, Gordon A. Zello. (2017). Effect of Creatine Supplementation during Resistance Training on Lean Tissue Mass and Muscular Strength in Older Adults: A meta-analysis. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 8: 213-226.

Kreider, R.B., D.S. Kalman, J. Antonio, T.N. Ziegenfuss, R. Wildman, R. Collins, D.G. Candow, S.M. Kleiner, A.L. Almada, H.L. Lopez. (2017). International Society of Sports Nutrition position stand: safety and efficacy of creatine supplementation in exercise, sport, and medicine. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 13; 14:18.

Duff, W.R., P.D. Chilibeck, D.G. Candow, J.J. Gordon, R.S. Mason, R. Taylor-Gjevre, B. Nair, M. Szafron, A. Baxter-Jones, G.A. Zello, S. Kontulainen.(2017). Effects of Ibuprofen and Resistance Training on Bone and Muscle: An RCT in Older Women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(4): 633-640.

Duff, W.R.D., P.D. Chilibeck,  D.G. Candow, J.J. Rooke, R. Mason, R. Taylor-Gjevre, B. Nair, M. Szafron, A. Baxter-Jones, S.A. Kontulainen. (2016). Effects of low-dose ibuprofen supplementation and resistance training on body composition and muscle strength in postmenopausal women. Bone Reports, 5: 96-103.

Johannsmeyer, S., D.G. Candow, C.M. Brahms, D. Michel, G.A. Zello. (2016). Effect of creatine supplementation and drop-set resistance training in untrained aging adults. Experimental Gerontology, 83:112-9.

Forbes, S.C., N. Sletten, C. Durrer, É.  Myette-Cote, D.G. Candow, J.P. Little (2016). Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation Does Not Augment Fitness, Performance, or Body Composition Adaptations in Response to Four Weeks of High-Intensity Interval Training in Young Females. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 21:1-23.

Gualano, B., E. S. Rawson, D. G. Candow, P. D. Chilibeck. (2016). Review: Creatine supplementation in the aging population: Effects on skeletal muscle, bone and brain. Amino Acids, 48(8): 1793-1805.

Boychuk, K.E., J. L. Lanovaz, J. R. Krentz, J. U. Lishchynsky, D.G. Candow, J. P. Farthing (2016). Creatine supplementation does not alter recovery from damaging eccentric exercise. Muscle & Nerve, 54(3): 487-495.


Baker, T., D.G. Candow, J.P. Farthing. (2016). Effect of pre-exercise creatine ingestion on muscle performance in healthy aging males. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(6): 1763-1766.

Martin, A.C., D.G. Candow. (2016). Tai Chi’s Potential for Improving Health Outcome Measures in Informal Caregivers. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 6(4): 35-50.

Martin, A.C., D.G. Candow. (2016). Potential of Yoga for Improving Health Outcome Measures in Informal Caregivers. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 7(10: 15-32.

Candow, D.G., E. Vogt, S. Johannsmeyer, S. C. Forbes, J.P. Farthing. (2015). Strategic ingestion of creatine supplementation and resistance training in healthy older adults. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism, 40(7): 689-694. * Selected as top Editor’s choice.

Chilibeck, P.D., D.G. Candow, T. Landeryou, M. Kaviani, L. Paus-Jenssen (2015).  Effects of creatine and resistance training on bone health in postmenopausal women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 47(8): 1587-1595.

Weisgarber, K.D., D.G. Candow, J.P. Farthing (2015). Whey protein and high-volume resistance training in postmenopausal women. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 19(5): 511-517.

Candow, D.G., G.A. Zello, B. Ling, J.P. Farthing, P.D. Chilibeck, K. McLeod, J. Harris, S.J. Johnson. (2014). Comparison of creatine supplementation before versus after supervised resistance training in healthy older adults. Research in Sports Medicine, 22(1):61-74.

Candow DG, P.D. Chilibeck, S.C. Forbes. (2014). Creatine supplementation and aging musculoskeletal health. Endocrine, 45(3):354-356.

Forbes, S.C., X. Waltz, D.G. Candow. (2014). Creatine timing on muscle mass and strength: Appetizer or Dessert? European Journal of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods,  25(4):19-22. 

Len, T.K., J. P. Neary, G.J. Asmundson, D.G. Candow, D. Goodman, B. Bjornson, Y. Bhambhani. (2013). Serial monitoring of CO2 reactivity following sport concussion using hypocapnia and hypercapnia. Brain Injury, 27(3):346-353.

Salmon, D.M., M. F. Harrison, D. Sharpe, D. G. Candow, W. J. Albert, J.P. Neary. (2013). Exercise therapy for improved neck muscle function in helicopter aircrew. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 84 (10):1046-1054.

External Funding (Past 5 years)

Canadian Institutes for Health Research- Randomized Controlled Trial (2013-2018)
Title: Long-term effects of creatine supplementation and exercise training on bone mineral density and bone strength in postmenopausal women
Role: Co-Principal Applicant
Award: $ 578,455/5 years

Canadian Institutes for Health Research- Drug Catalyst Grant (2012-2013)
Title: Ibuprofen supplementation after resistance training and its effects on bone in postmenopausal women
Role: Co-Principal Applicant
Request: $99,212/1 year

Nutricia Research Foundation-Operating Grant (2010-2012)
Title: Potential of creatine application strategies and resistance-exercise for improving musculoskeletal health in older adults
Role: Principal Applicant
Award: $72,000/2 years

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