Ada Tang

Dr. Ada Tang is a physical therapist and an assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. She completed her MSc in rehabilitation science and PhD in medical science at the University of Toronto. She relocated to Vancouver in 2010 for post-doctoral training in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, where she was supported by fellowships from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Tang’s area of research interest is focused on the impact of exercise on cardiovascular health in people with stroke. Limitations in mobility are common, and contribute to physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours, leading to higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Exercise has the potential to mediate many cardiovascular risk factors and may be an effective strategy for primary and secondary prevention. Tang’s research program involves examining the effects of exercise interventions on fitness, mobility, function, and risk factors in people living with stroke.

The aim of this line of research is to contribute to the evidence related to exercise and physical activity interventions as potential strategies to improve cardiovascular risk factors and, importantly, to improve the health and lives of people living with stroke.


University: McMaster University
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: School of Rehabilitation Science
Position: Assistant Professor

Recent Publications

Tang A, Eng JJ, Brasher PM, Madden KM, Mohammadi A, Krassioukov AV, Tsang TS. Physical Activity Correlates with Arterial Stiffness in Community-dwelling Individuals with Stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Mar 6. pii: S1052-3057(13)00026-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2013.01.020. [Epub ahead of print] (PubMed abstract)

Tang A, Eng JJ, Tsang TS, Krassioukov AV. Cognition and motor impairment correlates with exercise test performance after stroke. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013 Apr;45(4):622-7. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31827a0169. (PubMed abstract)

Tang A, Eng JJ, Rand D. Relationship between perceived and measured changes in walking after stroke. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2012 Sep;36(3):115-21. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0b013e318262dbd0. (PubMed abstract)

Tang A, Eng JJ, Krassioukov A. Application of the Sit-Up Test for orthostatic hypotension in individuals with stroke. Auton Neurosci. 2012 May 21;168(1-2):82-7. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2012.02.002. Epub 2012 Feb 29. (PubMed abstract)

Tang A, Sibley KM, Thomas SG, Bayley MT, Richardson D, McIlroy WE, Brooks D. Effects of an aerobic exercise program on aerobic capacity, spatiotemporal gait parameters, and functional capacity in subacute stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2009 May;23(4):398-406. doi: 10.1177/1545968308326426. Epub 2008 Dec 16. (PubMed abstract)