Ada Tang

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27818
Fax: 905-525-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 437

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Dr. Tang is a physical therapist and Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  She worked for many years in adult stroke and acquired brain injury rehabilitation at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, 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.  She was a Clinician-Scientist with the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation from 2013-2017.

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, exercise, cardiovascular health, mobility

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.

For more info, visit MacStroke Canada.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Tang teaches in the Physiotherapy program in the areas of neurological physiotherapy and foundations for the physiotherapy practitioner, as well as Aging and Mobility Across the Adult Lifecourse (RS718) in the Rehabilitation Science program.

Graduate Students

For more information about research training opportunities with Dr. Tang and the MacStroke Canada lab group, please visit

Lab/Research Institute

Primary Lab

MacStroke Canada

Affiliate Labs

Vascular Dynamics Laboratory, McMaster University

Population Health Research Institute, Affiliate Member

Recent Publications

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Tang A, *B Sun, MYC Pang, J Harris. 2018. Environmental barriers and leisure in community-dwelling individuals living with stroke. Clinical Rehabilitation 2018 December 12 [Epub ahead of print]

*Pryzbek M, J Richardson, L Thabane, A Tang. Physical activity and high sensitivity C-reactive protein in individuals post-stroke – results from the NHANES 2009-2010. Journal Aging Physical Activity 2018 Aug 30:1-23. doi: 10.1123/japa.2018-0080 [Epub ahead of print]

*Crozier J, M Roig, JJ Eng, M Mackay-Lyons, M Ploughman, DM Bailey, SN Sweet, N Giacomantonio, A Thiel, M Trivino, A Tang. 2018. High-intensity interval training after stroke: an opportunity to promote functional, cardiovascular and neuroplastic health. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2018 Apr 1:1545968318766663

Nazari G, JC MacDermid, KE Sinden, J Richardson, A Tang. 2018. Psychometric properties of the Zephyr bioharness device: a systematic review. BMC Sports Science Medicine and Rehabilitation 10:6

*Hui J, *R Heyden, *T Bao, *N Accettone, C McBay, J Richardson, A Tang. 2018. Validity of the Fitbit One for measuring activity in community dwelling stroke survivors. Physiotherapy Canada 70(1):81-89

Richardson J, A Tang, G Guyatt, L Thabane, F Xie, D Sahlas, R Hart, R Fleck, G Hladysh, L Macrae. 2018. FIT for FUNCTION: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 19:39

Nepveu JF, A Thiel, A Tang, J Fung, J Lundbye-Jensen, L Boyd, M Roig. 2017. A single bout of high-intensity interval training improves motor skill retention in patients with chronic stroke. Neurorehabilitation Neural Repair 31(8):726-735. doi: 10.1177/1545968317718269

Mansfield A, D Brooks, A Tang, D Taylor, EL Inness, A Kiss, L Middleton, R Fleck, E French, K LeBlanc, A Aqui, C Danells. 2017. 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 randomised trial. BMJ Open 7(6):e015843

*D’Isabella NT, *DA Shkredova, JA Richardson, A Tang. 2017. Effects of exercise on cardiovascular risk factors after stroke or transient ischemic attack: a systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation 31(12):1561-1572. doi: 10.1177/0269215517709051. EPub ahead of print 19 May 2017

Nazari G, JC MacDermid, KE Sinden, J Richardson, A Tang. Reliability of Zephyr Bioharness and Fitbit Charge measures of heart rate and activity at rest, during the Modified Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test and recovery. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Epub ahead of print 13 February 2017

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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