Ada Tang

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Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 27818
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Office: Rm. 437, IAHS

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Ada Tang is a physical therapist, Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster, and Clinician-Scientist with the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. She worked clinically in adult stroke and acquired brain injury rehabilitation at Toronto Rehab for many years, completed her MSc in Rehabilitation Science and PhD in Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia.

Dr Tang and the MacStroke Canada research team are focused on the impact of exercise on cardiovascular health in people with stroke and other neurological conditions. Limited mobility following stroke can contribute to physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours, leading to higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Exercise and physical activity can mediate many cardiovascular risk factors, and may be an effective strategy for primary and secondary prevention.

Research Expertise

Keywords: stroke rehabilitation and recovery, exercise, cardiovascular health

Dr Tang’s area of research is in exercise and cardiovascular health among people with stroke and other neurological conditions, particularly as these relate to cardiovascular risk factors and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Graduate Students

Dr Tang is currently accepting graduate students for the upcoming year. Interested students should send their CV, unofficial transcripts and academic references.

Lab/Research Institute

MacStroke Canada
Vascular Dynamics Laboratory, IWC E102 Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University
Population Health Research Institute, Affiliate Member
Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Associate Member

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Nepveu JF, Thiel A, Tang A, Fung J, Jundbye-Jensen J, Boyd L, Roig M. (in press) A single bout of high-intensity interval training improves motor skill retention in patients with chronic stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair.

Mansfield A, Brooks D, Tang A, Taylor D, Inness EL, Kiss A, et al (in press) Promoting Optimal Physical Exercise for Life (PROPEL) – aerobic exercise and self-management early after stroke to increase daily physical activity: study protocol for a stepped-wedge randomized trial. BMJ Open.

Hui J, Heyden R, Bao T, Accettone N, McBay C, Richardson J, Tang A. (in press) Validity and reliability of the Fitbit One for measuring activity in community dwelling stroke survivors. Physiother Can.

D’Isabella N, Shkredova DA, Richardson JA, Tang A. Effects of exercise on cardiovascular risk factors following stroke or transient ischemic attack: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Rehabil. 2017. doi: 0.1177/0269215517709051 [epub ahead of print].

Nazari G, MacDermid JC, Sinden K, Richardson J, Tang A. Reliability of Zephyr Bioharness and Fitbit Charge measures of heart rate and activity at rest, during the Modified Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test and recovery. J Strength Cond Res. 2017. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001842 [epub ahead of print].

Tang A, Eng JJ, Tsang TSM, Liu-Ambrose T. High-and low-intensity exercise do not improve cognitive function after stroke: A randomized controlled trial. J Rehabil Med. 2016;48(10):841-6.

O'Brien KK, Bayoumi AM, Solomon P, Tang A, Murzin K, Chan Carusone S, et al. Evaluating a community-based exercise intervention with adults living with HIV: protocol for an interrupted time series study. BMJ Open. 2016;6(10):e013618.

Tang A, Pryzbek M. (2016) Exercise and fitness training after stroke: A handbook for evidence-based practice, edited by Gillian Meand, Frederike van Wijck. Physiotherapy Canada, 68(1), 92.

Hasani FN, MacDermid JC, Tang A, Kho ME. (2015) Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric testing of the Arabic version of the Patient=Rated Wrist Hand Evaluation (PRWHE-A) in Saudi Arabia. J Hand Ther, 28(4), 412-420.

Tang A, Tao A, Soh M, Tam C, Tan H, Thompson J, & Eng JJ. (2015) The effect of interventions on balance self-efficacy in the stroke population: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Rehabil, 29(12), 1168-1177.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


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