Normand BouleNormand Boulé, PhD

Office:     1-059D, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
Mail:       University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2E1
Phone:   780-492-4695
Fax:       780-492-2364





Current Position

Associate Professor, Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation


Research Areas

Physical activity and type 2 diabetes 

Physical activity and obesity


Current Research Activities

My research program centers on the effect of physical activity in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.  My research interests range from exercise physiology to health promotion. More specifically, my current areas of research are:


  • Effects of different types, durations and intensities of exercise on glucose homeostasis
  • Interactions between exercise and oral hypoglycemic medications,
  • Various systematic reviews/meta-analyses on exercise, adiposity and diabetes.



PhD, Laval University; MA & BSc, University of Ottawa


Selected Publications

Boulé NG, Robert C, Bell GJ, Johnson ST, Bell RC, Lewanczuk RZ, Gabr RQ, Brocks DR. Metformin and exercise in type 2 diabetes: Examining treatment modality interactions. Diabetes Care.34(7):1469-1474, 2011.

Boulé NG, Chaput J-P, Doucet E, Richard D, Després J-P, Bouchard C, Tremblay A. Glucose homeostasis predicts weight gain: prospective and clinical evidence. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews;24(2):123-9, 2008.


Sigal RJ, Kenny GP, Boulé NG, Wells GA, Prud'homme D, Fortier M, Reid RD, Tulloch H, Coyle D, Phillips P, Jennings A, Jaffey J. (2007) Effects of Aerobic Exercise, Resistance Exercise, or Both on Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes. A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine;147(6):I16, 2007.

NG Boulé, Weisnagel SJ, Lakka TA, et al. Effects of exercise training on glucose homeostasis: the HERITAGE Family Study. Diabetes Care; 28:108-14, 2005.

NG Boulé, E Haddad, GP Kenny, GA Wells, RJ Sigal. Effects of exercise on glycemic control and body mass in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); 286:1218-27, 2001.