Speakers at the upcoming Muscle Health Awareness Day (MHAD) will discuss novel scientific aspects of muscle adaptation, disease, development and metabolism at the forefront of research in this field.
The third annual MHAD will take place Friday, May 25, from 9am to 4pm, in the lobby and Lecture Hall B of the Lassonde Building, Keele campus. MHAD is presented by the Muscle Health Research Centre, sponsored by York’s Faculty of Health.
Some of the day’s topics will include discussions around muscle diseases, muscle development, heart function, blood flow to muscle, muscle cell death, insulin resistance and exercise, and muscle stem cells.
Speakers will include Tom Hawke of McMaster University, Greg Cartee of the University of Michigan, Jack Goodman of the University of Toronto, Coral Murrant of the University of Guelph, Maureen MacDonald of McMaster University, Tami Martino of the University of Guelph, Joe Quadrilatero of the University of Waterloo, Eldad Zacksenhaus of the University of Toronto, David Wright of the University of Guelph and Ian Scott of the Hospital for Sick Children. Graduate students from across the province will also present posters on their research.
“Muscles significantly impact the whole body’s metabolism, particularly when we exercise. Muscle metabolism and blood flow can adapt to exercise, thereby improving muscle function. At the same time, diseases of muscle have a large influence on our quality of life,” says kinesiology Professor David Hood, director of the Muscle Health Research Centre.
Muscle function requires adequate blood flow and nutrient supply. Muscles also play a role in heart health, and key proteins are still being discovered that impact heart and muscle function.
“Our understanding of these issues will help us to formulate solutions to therapeutic approaches to muscle atrophy, disease and the loss of muscle mass associated with aging. The implications are very broad and have very practical application for us in our everyday lives.”
MHAD is for anyone interested in muscle, exercise, metabolism and health.
“Muscle is readily adaptable in health and disease,” says Hood. “We can do something about our quality of life.”
For more information, including registration fees (which includes a light breakfast, lunch and coffee), visit the Muscle Health Research Centre’s Muscle Health Awareness Day website.