With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, the world’s eyes and attention are on Sochi, Russia. Whether looking at issues related to human rights or politics or addressing topics of physical activity or health, we invite you to consult with the following McGill experts leading up to or during the Games:


René Provost, Faculty of Law[email protected]514-398-6647 (French or English)Research interests: International public law, international human rights, international humanitarian law, law of armed conflicts, international criminal law, international environmental law.

Juliet Johnson, Dept. of Political Science[email protected]514-398-4800 (English)Research interests: Post-communist financial systems, Russian and Eastern European politics, democracy and the market, institutionalist theories, comparative politics, post-communist identity politics, and international political economy.

Frédéric Mégret, Faculty of Law[email protected]514-398-5962 (French or English)Research interests: International public law, international humanitarian protection, international criminal law, law of armed conflicts and international relations.

Marie Manikis, Faculty of Law[email protected]514-398-6624 (French or English)Research interests: Criminal law, human rights, victims, sentencing and criminal justice.

Bill Ryan, School of Social Work[email protected]514-277-6994 (English, French)Research Interests: Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth, gay and lesbian aging, access to health care, HIV prevention, sexual health, homophobia. Has worked on this issue in Eastern Europe.


Dr. Russell Hepple, Director, McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity & Health, Dept. of Kinesiology and Physical Education[email protected]514-398-4184 x089684 (English)Research interests: Biology and physiology of aging skeletal muscle; adaptive plasticity of skeletal muscle in health, disease, and aging; role of mitochondria in skeletal muscle health, disease, and aging; interventions to protect and/or restore mass and function of aging muscle; biology and physiology of the aging heart.

Dr. Gordon Bloom, Dept. of Kinesiology and Physical [email protected]Note: currently in New Zealand so allow for time difference(English)Research interests: Sport psychology, pedagogy, coaching knowledge & behaviours, team building, psychology of athletic injuries (concussions).

Dr. Enrique Garcia Bengoechea, Dept. of Kinesiology and Physical Education[email protected] 514-398-4184 x0541(English, French, Spanish)Research interests: Motivation in youth sport and physical activity; school-and community-based physical activity promotion; physical education and healthy development.

Paula Bush, PhD student[email protected](English, French)Research interests: Motivating kids to get involved in physical activity

Rene Turcotte, Dept. of Kinesiology and Physical Education[email protected]514-398-4184 x0477 (English, French)Research interests: Exercise physiology, biomechanics, applied ice hockey research (ice hockey science research group which evaluates the mechanical function of skates, sticks and protective equipment with respect to skill performance and safety, in partnership with Bauer Hockey Corp).