Michael C Riddell


Locations / Contact Info:

347 BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 40493

Locations / Contact Info:

347 BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 22324

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2000
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON


Dr. Riddell is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science at York University. His research interests are focused on the metabolic and hormonal responses to exercise and stress in diabetes, publishing over 135 original research papers and 18 book chapters on the topic. Dr. Riddell, a graduate of the University of Guelph in Kinesiology, has a PhD in Medical Sciences (Physiology/Pharmacology) from McMaster University and post-doctoral experience from the University of Toronto (Physiology).  Michael, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 14, enjoys mountain biking, hiking and trekking with other people living with diabetes.


Selected Publications

Please see Dr. Riddell's CV above for a complete listing. 

1: Dunford EC, Riddell MC. The Metabolic Implications of Glucocorticoids in a High-Fat Diet Setting and the Counter-Effects of Exercise. Metabolites. 2016 Dec 5;6(4).

2: Colberg SR, Sigal RJ, Yardley JE, Riddell MC, Dunstan DW, Dempsey PC, Horton ES, Castorino K, Tate DF. Physical Activity/Exercise and Diabetes: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. 2016 Nov;39(11):2065-2079.

3: Leclair E, Liggins RT, Peckett AJ, Teich T, Coy DH, Vranic M, Riddell MC. Glucagon responses to exercise-induced hypoglycaemia are improved by somatostatin receptor type 2 antagonism in a rat model of diabetes. Diabetologia. 2016 Aug;59(8):1724-31. 

4: Teich T, Dunford EC, Porras DP, Pivovarov JA, Beaudry JL, Hunt H, Belanoff JK, Riddell MC. Glucocorticoid antagonism limits adiposity rebound and glucose intolerance in young male rats following the cessation of daily exercise and caloric restriction. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Jul 1;311(1):E56-68. 

5: Zaharieva DP, Miadovnik LA, Rowan CP, Gumieniak RJ, Jamnik VK, Riddell MC. Effects of acute caffeine supplementation on reducing exercise-associated hypoglycaemia in individuals with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Diabet Med. 2016 Apr;33(4):488-96. 

6: Mohajeri S, Perkins BA, Brubaker PL, Riddell MC. Diabetes, trekking and high altitude: recognizing and preparing for the risks. Diabet Med. 2015 Nov;32(11):1425-37.

7: Riddell MC, Zaharieva DP, Yavelberg L, Cinar A, Jamnik VK. Exercise and the Development of the Artificial Pancreas: One of the More Difficult Series of Hurdles. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2015 Oct 1;9(6):1217-26.


JDRF Peak Performance
expert member


Faculty of Health Established Researcher Award - 2013


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

The effects of exercise and stress hormones on metabolism in health and disease with a particular emphasis on diabetes mellitus.

Research Projects

Control systems for Artificial Pancreas use during and after exercise
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2014
Duration: 2017
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: NIH

Examining the mechanisms for the lipolytic and antilipolytic effects of glucocorticoids in adipose tissue
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $165000
Year Funded: 2013
Duration: 5
Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Preclinical drug development of somatostatin receptor 2 antagonists for the prevention of recurrent hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes.
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $286920
Year Funded: 2014
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: JDRF

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Michael C Riddell