Science Spotlight: Update on the Work of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee

Science Spotlight: Update on the Work of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee

The Scientific Integration and Leadership Committee (SILC) serves as a liaison between ACSM members, fellows and leadership, advocating for the highest quality scientific research, programming and publications of the college. SILC acts as a conduit for scientific discussion, research advancement, integration and rapid vetting of new issues to support ACSM’s scientific impact in improving human health, well-being and physical performance. Committee members, who are all ACSM Fellows, include:
  • John Quindry, Ph.D., Chair
  • Arthur Weltman, Ph.D.
  • Bryan Blissmer, PhD
  • Craig Harms, Ph.D.
  • Gordon Fisher, Ph.D.
  • Gregory Hand, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D.
  • Jill Kanaley, Ph.D.
  • Larry Kenney, Ph.D.
  • John Jakicic, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth Barnes, M.D.
  • Bruce Gladden, Ph.D.
  • Marcas Bamman, Ph.D.
  • Robert Hickner, Ph.D.
  • Wendy Kohrt, Ph.D.
  • William Farquhar, Ph.D.
  • Frank Booth, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
Dr. Quindry explains SILC’s behind-the-scenes role in advocating for exercise science research:

“While most ACSM members are directly involved with professional applications in health/fitness, wellness and clinical settings, we all have an educational foundation that relies on basic science understanding. Hormonal responses to stress, mitochondrial adaptations to exercise training, and muscle fiber composition changes with aging are prime examples of basic science knowledge that are relevant to the working areas of ACSM. In this regard, new initiatives, policies and research dissemination are handled by SILC within the college.

“Perhaps most prominently, SILC generates the topics and names the chair of the popular World Congress on Basic Science for ACSM’s Annual Meeting. This year’s world congress features the basic science of exercise in regenerative medicine as chaired by Dr. Marcas Bamman of the University of Alabama–Birmingham. SILC also vets topics being considered for roundtable meetings and provides oversight of scientific papers produced by roundtables. Most recently, the exercise and cancer roundtable headed by Dr. Kathryn Schmitz produced three highly impactful scientific papers, two of which were published in the November issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

“SILC also works closely with scientifically related professional organizations, like the American Physiological Society, to bridge basic science discovery into usable information for ACSM members and certified pros seeking new insights about exercise for improved health and sport performance. Among the most important behind-the-scenes work performed by SILC is serving as a liaison to the National Institutes of Health for research and policy initiatives related to exercise and physical activity. The $170 million NIH research designed to understand the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) includes many SILC members. Indeed, the information generated from the six-year MoTrPAC trials, and other basic science research promoted by SILC, will benefit ACSM and the world for decades to come.”

Thanks to this committee and all members who work to facilitate scientific advancement and discussion at ACSM.

Learn more about the history of SILC from ACSM Past-President and SILC member Larry Kenney, Ph.D., FACSM in this video.