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Student wins award studying fitness trackers

27-May-2016

Congratulations to Regina-based medical student Megan Deck for winning the McManus Cardiovascular Career Award. This award recognizes excellence in research by an undergraduate medical student developing a career in cardiovascular care.

Research Team
Megan Deck (centre), supervisor Dr. Andrea Lavoie (right), and research scientist Dr.Sebastian Harenberg (left) examined the validity of activity trackers in cardiac rehabilitation patients. Photo credit: Medical Media Services.

Deck is a third year student in the College of Medicine (Regina Campus). Under the supervision of cardiologist, Dr. Andrea Lavoie, and research scientist, Dr. Sebastian Harenberg, her research examined the validity of activity trackers in cardiac rehabilitation patients.

“We found that the accuracy of the activity monitors depends on the speed at which the participants were walking. The faster you walk, the more accurate the devices were,” Deck said. The McManus Award includes a $2000 cash prize. To win the award once is exciting, but remarkably, Megan also won the award in 2015. On behalf of RQHR, we would like to congratulate the research team.