Laboratoire d’Investigations sur les Mécanismes et Prédicteurs de liens entre Activités physiques, autres Comportements et Trajectoires de Santé

Director – Saïd Mekari

Mathieu Bélanger, PhD


Pr. Saïd Mekari completed his studies in physical activity sciences at the University of Montreal. He completed his master’s and doctoral degrees at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) and the Research Centre of the Geriatric University Institute of Montreal (CRIUGM).

From 2014 until recently, Pr. Mekari held the titles of Associate Professor and Director of the Acadia Active Aging Community Program at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since 2021, Said is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke and is affiliated with the Centre de Formation Médical du Nouveau-Brunswick.


In the context of his responsibilities, Said assume multiple roles as a researcher and associate professor, including building health research capacity in New Brunswick, supporting health professionals involved in research and teaching physicians and medical students. His research projects aim to better understand the physiological and metabolic mechanisms by which physical activity can improve the physical and cognitive health of healthy adults and those with chronic diseases. An important component of Pr. Mekari’s work involves the effect of physical training in the laboratory on cognitive performance in older adults and the reinvestment of research findings in the community.

Summary Functions

  • Associate Professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Department of Family Medicine
  • Director of Research, Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University


  • 2009-2015 Ph.D., Exercise physiology, Université de Montréal
  • 2008-2009 M.Sc., Exercise physiology, Université de Montréal
  • 2004-2007 B.Sc. Kin., Université de Montréal

Research Interests

  • Better understanding how, when and why participation in physical activity can be modified