Virtual Seminar: Aerobic Fitness and Susceptibility for Metabolic Dysfunction
Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar presented by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
About This Seminar
Aerobic capacity, also called cardiorespiratory fitness, is the capacity of the body to utilize oxygen in metabolic pathways during maximal exercise. Aerobic capacity levels are impacted by daily exercise behavior, genetics, and aging. Epidemiological studies have clearly shown that low aerobic capacity is one of the most powerful independent predictors of disease and mortality risk, but mechanisms remain mostly unknown. This seminar will discuss the role of aerobic capacity in relation to metabolic health with a focus on liver health and interactions with commonly used medications.
This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and co-sponsored by the institute's Addiction Recovery Research Center and the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors. The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series, which runs annually from September to May, has featured leading biomedical researchers from throughout the country since the program began in 2012. Presented virtually via Zoom primarily for research and clinical audiences, the lectures are also open to all members of the Virginia Tech community including graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.
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John Thyfault, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
Senior Scientist, Kansas City VA Medical Center
Scientific Director, Center for Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City