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Memorial Chair Program

The Killam Memorial Chair has been created at the University of Calgary under the Killam Memorial Endowment, which was established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam through the Will of his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam. The chair, which is tenable for a renewable five-year term, provides approximately $150,000 in annual salary support. Successful applicants, who may be internal or external, are internationally recognized scholars in science or engineering with superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition to research, the Chair is expected to provide teaching and mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students.

The holder of the Killam Memorial Chair is expected to:

• Pursue a research program that advances University and Faculty research priorities
• Be a major catalyst for interdisciplinary research initiatives on campus
• Obtain major research and infrastructure funding from peer-reviewed competitions


Dr. Walter Herzog, Faculty of Kinesiology, renewed for a second five year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Dr. Herzog is a full professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology with adjunct appointments in the Schulich School of Engineering, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. He is the co-director of the Human Performance Laboratory, holds a Canada Research Chair, and is a Killam Research Fellow. Dr. Herzog is an internationally recognized scholar with an outstanding record of attracting, supervising and educating undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral trainees and a vast record of catalyzing and spearheading major interdisciplinary research initiatives and infrastructure programs.

Dr. Herzog’s research focus is biomedical engineering, more specifically in musculo-skeletal biomechanics as it relates to injuries and disease in normal, athletic and elderly populations. His primary focus is on cardiac and skeletal muscle diseases, osteoarthritis, muscular dystrophies, cerebral palsy and stroke. His research is perfectly aligned with the strategic emphasis of the University of Calgary in biomedical engineering and the provincial government’s commitment to Health and Wellness research.

Direct any inquiries to the Research Services Office:

Dr. Tiago Lier
Specialist, Research Awards
Telephone: (403) 210-7224