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Leading Experts Convene to Discuss the Effects, Potential of Exercise throughout the Lifespan

Fetal programming, exercise as medicine among many topics to be addressed

Bethesda, Md. (October 18, 2016)—Get more exercise. The often-repeated health recommendation is usually prescribed to lose weight or build muscle, but the many health effects of exercise reach far beyond weight and body composition. Leading experts will convene at the Integrative Biology of Exercise 7 meeting (Nov. 2–4 in Phoenix) to discuss current research and new findings on how exercise affects us at all stages of life, from preconception to old age.

APS hosts the Integrative Biology of Exercise meeting every four years in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine to help connect peers with an interest in exercise physiology. “This meeting brings together researchers who might not normally be in the same place to discuss the many ways that exercise affects the body,” said Darrell Neufer, PhD, of East Carolina University and chair of the conference organizing committee. “We’re building on the effort that’s going on with the National Institutes of Health Common Fund to try to identify the molecular mechanisms by which exercise exerts its effects—how cells sense what the metabolic demand is and how the response is coordinated amongst  different cells and organs to meet and adapt to those demands.

“The organizing committee has really done a fantastic job to attract leading scientists from around the world to present cutting-edge research, not only in exercise science, but in neuroscience, adipose tissue biology, metabolism and muscle biology,” Neufer said.

The series of symposia presented at the meeting will address the gamut of the short- and long-term effects of exercise and showcase hundreds of poster presentations on new research findings. Symposia topics will cover brain cell stress responses, metabolic diseases, mitochondrial signaling, sedentary behavior, exercise and pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, aging, stem cells and more.


Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 

Symposia I

Toward Deciphering the Exercise Responsome 
Chair: Darrell Neufer, East Carolina University 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 

Concurrent Symposia II 

Exercise Triggers Adaptive Brain Cell Stress Responses 
Chairs: Mark Mattson, National Institute on Aging at National Institutes of Health, and Monika Fleshner, University of Colorado, Boulder 

Concurrent Symposia III  

Substrate Control during Exercise: Novel Insights for Halting the Pathogenesis of Metabolic Diseases
Chair: Matt Watt, Monash University, Australia

Plenary Lecture  

Mitochondria as Signaling Organelles: Fueling a Renaissance in Metabolism 
Speaker: Johan Auwerx, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland 

Concurrent Symposia IV   

The Physiology of Sedentary Behavior, How Is It Distinguished from Physical Inactivity
Chair: Roger Fielding, Tufts University 

Concurrent Symposia 

Mitochondrial Signaling and Inter-Organelle Crosstalk 
Chair: Deborah Muoio, Duke University School of Medicine

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 

Concurrent Symposia VI 

Activity/Exercise during Pregnancy and Early Development: Implications for Long-Term Health
Chair: John Thyfault, Kansas University Medical Center

Concurrent Symposia VII 

Impact of Exercise on Adipose Tissue Metabolism—Beyond Browning 
Chair: Matthijs Hesselink, Maastricht University, The Netherlands 

Plenary Lecture  

Adaptive Responses of Neuronal Mitochondria to Exercise 
Speaker: Mark Mattson, National Institute on Aging at National Institutes of Health

Concurrent Symposia VIII 

Brains, Blood Vessels and Hearts: Can Exercise Treat the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Cardiovascular Disease?
Chair: Craig Emter, University of Missouri, Columbia 

Concurrent Symposia IX 

Exercise and Aging: Responsiveness of Skeletal Muscle to Exercise Training as a Function of Age
Chair: Sue Bodine, University of California, Davis 

Closing Plenary Lecture 

Sensorimotor Training of Spinal Networks to Restore Function in Spinal Cord Injured Patients
Speaker: Reggie Edgerton, University of California, Los Angeles 

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: The Integrative Biology of Exercise 7 meeting will be held in Phoenix, Nov. 2–4, 2016. To schedule an interview with the conference organizers or presenters, contact the APS Communications Office or call 301-634-7209. Find more research highlights in the APS Press Room.

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