Anita Cote
Assistant Professor
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3726


Anita is cardiovascular physiologist researching how exercise affects the heart in health and disease. Growing up in Ontario and an avid athlete, Anita was always interested in how exercise affected the body, specifically how to train to optimize physical performance. This interest led her to move west and pursue a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and certification from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Choosing to apply her expertise, Anita worked in high performance sport working with athletes of various disciplines as a physiologist and strength coach, although dedicating most of her time to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. During this time, she also lectured in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley, and later as a high performance advisor for the Canadian Sport Institute.

In 2012 Anita turned her focus on finishing her PhD dissertation, and went on to complete two postdoctoral fellowships in the Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics) at UBC. Now holding the positions of Assistant Professor in the School of Human Kinetics (TWU), Associate Member in the Department of Pediatrics (UBC), and as Affiliate Investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (Vancouver), Anita is actively engaging students in both basic and clinical research projects. When she is not working, you will find her enjoying an active lifestyle in Whistler with her family.

Research & Scholarship

  • PhD    Cardiovascular Physiology (University of British Columbia)
  • MSc    Exercise Physiology (University of British Columbia)
  • BPE    Physical Education (Brock University)

Recent Publications

Cote AT, Duff DK, Escudero CA, De Souza AM, Williams L, Gill R, Zadorsky MT, Harris KC, Potts JE, Sandor GGS (2016). An Echo-Doppler Study of the Myocardial Inotropic Response to Peak Semi-Supine Exercise in Healthy Children: Normal Values and Development of a Simplified Index of Myocardial Reserve. Journal of the American Society for Echocardiography, In Press

Sharma A*, Cote AT*, Hosking, M, Harris KC (2016). Endocarditis Rates in Patients with Bovine Jugular Vein Conduits Compared to Other Right Ventricle-to-Pulmonary Artery Conduits. Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions, In Press *Equally contributed

Cote AT, Phillips AA, Harris KC, Sandor GGS, Panagiotopoulos C, Devlin AM (2015). The Effects of Obesity on Arterial Stiffness in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; 35(4); 1038-1044.

Cote AT, Panagiotopoulos C, Devlin AM (2015). Interaction Between the Val158Met Catechol-O-Methyltransferase Gene Variant and Second-Generation Antipsychotic Treatment on Blood Pressure in Children, The Pharmacogenomics Journal, 15; 95-100.

Cote AT, Bredin SSD, Phillips AA, Koehle MS, Warburton DER (2015). Greater Autonomic Modulation During Post-Exercise Hypotension Following High-Intensity Interval Exercise in Endurance-Trained Men and Women, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(1); 81-89.

Cote AT, Devlin AM, Panagiotopoulos C (2014). Initial Screening of Children Treated With Second-generation Antipsychotics Points to an Association Between Physical Activity and Insulin Resistance, Pediatric Exercise Science, 26(4); 455-462.

Armstrong K*, Cote AT*, Devlin AM, Harris KC (2014). Childhood Obesity, Arterial Stiffness, and Prevalence and Treatment of Hypertension, Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine, 16(11); 1-14. *Equally contributed

Cote AT, Phillips AA, Foulds HJ, Charlesworth SA, Bredin SSD, Koehle MS, Warburton DER (2014). Sex Differences in Cardiac Function Following Prolonged Strenuous Exercise, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 25(3); 276-283.

Foulds HJA, Cote AT, Phillips AA, Charlesworth SA, Bredin SSD, Burr JF, Drury CT, Ngai S, Fougere RJ, Ivey AC, Warburton DER (2014). Characterization of Baroreflex Sensitivity of Recreational Ultra-Endurance Athletes, European Journal of Sport Sciences, 14(7); 686-694.

Cote AT, Harris K, Panagiotopoulos C, Sandor GS, Devlin AM (2013). Childhood Obesity and Cardiovascular Dysfunction, Journal of American College of Cardiology 62(15); 1309-1319.

Cote AT, Bredin SSD, Phillips AA, Koehle MS, Glier MB, Devlin AM, Warburton DER (2013). Left Ventricular Mechanics and Arterial-Ventricular Coupling Following High-Intensity Interval Exercise, Journal of Applied Physiology 115; 1705–1713.

Phillips AA, Cote AT, Bredin SSD, Krassioukov AV, Warburton DER (2012). Aortic Stiffness Increased in Spinal Cord Injury When Matched for Physical Activity, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(11); 2065-2070.

Phillips AA, Bredin SSD, Cote AT, Drury CT, Warburton DER (2012). Aortic Distensibility Is Reduced During Intense Lower Body Negative Pressure and is Related to Low Frequency Power of Systolic Blood Pressure, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113 (3); 785-792.

Phillips AA, Cote AT, Foulds H, Bredin SSD, Burr J, Ivey A, Drury T, Warburton DER (2012). A Segmental Evaluation of Arterial Stiffness before and after prolonged strenuous exercise. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 37(4); 690-696.

Phillips AA, Cote AT, Bredin SSD, Warburton DER (2012). Heart Disease and Left Ventricular Rotation - A Systematic Review and Quantitative Summary. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 12; 46.

Cote AT, Bredin, SSD, Phillips, AA, Warburton, DER (2012). Predictors of Orthostatic Tolerance in Healthy Young Women. Clinical and Investigative Medicine, 35(2); E65.

Cote AT, Phillips AA, Bredin SSD, Warburton DER (2011). A Questionable Association of Stroke Volume and Arterial Pulse Pressure Under Gravitational Stress.  The Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care, 72(3); 708-712.


Cardiovascular response to strenuous exercise, cardiac mechanics, athlete’s heart, arterial stiffness, ventricular-vascular interactions

Courses Taught

  • HKIN 191 Exercise Physiology
  • HKIN 446 Advance Anatomy
  • HKIN 470 Advanced Exercise Physiology