Active Voice: Join the Leading Edge of Science: Don't Miss the ACSM Integrative Physiology of Exercise Conference - Miami Beach, September 17-20

By Scott K. Powers, Ed.D., Ph.D., FACSM and Karyn A. Esser, Ph.D., FACSM

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Karyn A. Esser, Ph.D., FACSM, is the director of the Center for Muscle Biology and Professor of Physiology at the University of Kentucky. Her lab has studied mechanisms of skeletal muscle adaptation for many years and, recently, she has pioneered research into the role of the molecular clock/circadian rhythms in skeletal muscle.

Scott K. Powers, Ed.D., Ph.D., FACSM, is a UAA endowed professor and distinguished professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. He investigates effects of muscular exercise and inactivity on both cardiac and skeletal muscle. His research is focused on exercise-mediated changes in cardiac and skeletal muscle antioxidant systems and the role of these changes in protecting against ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Dr. Esser is the chair and Dr. Powers is the co-chair of the Program Committee for ACSM’s Integrative Physiology of Exercise Conference.


It is not too late to register and attend the 2014 ACSM Specialty Conference, “Integrative Physiology of Exercise (IPE)” to be held at the Eden Roc Resort in Miami Beach, Florida on September 17-20.

This extraordinary meeting will begin with a welcome reception and a keynote lecture at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17. A brief overview of this meeting follows.

To emphasize the rapid research developments in key areas of exercise physiology, the IPE 2014 symposia program will address the following major topics:
  • How does exercise induce skeletal muscle hypertrophy?
  • Aging, exercise and systems health
  • Exercise-induced oxidative stress: cause and consequences
  • Role of stem cells in muscle adaptation to exercise
  • Exercise-induced metabolic adaptations in the heart
  • Mitochondrial quality control in skeletal muscle
  • Effects of exercise dosage on inflammation in the gut, brain and cardiovascular system
  • Exercise and vascular health
  • Regulation of fuel utilization during exercise
  • Exercise-induced changes in brown fat
  • Exercise genomics
  • Exercise and cytokines: health mediators or stress responders?
Also, four keynote lectures will be delivered by internationally known scientists:
  • What can we learn from a trip to Mars? Sleep, exercise and performance - David F. Dinges, University of Pennsylvania
  • Models of exercise and secreted proteins: Toward a new generation of therapeutics - Bruce Spiegelman, Harvard University
  • Keeping clocks aligned: A new role for exercise in systemic health and performance - Karyn Esser, University of Kentucky
  • Muscle metabolism, signaling and exercise - Erik Richter, University of Copenhagen
To achieve a balanced schedule, both the symposia and the four keynote lectures have been organized to cover a broad array of important topics in exercise physiology. The symposia lectures will be given by internationally recognized scientists and are intended to provide a springboard for dynamic scientific exchanges. Importantly, each symposium will include aspects of how advances in basic science lead to changes in practice.

Scientific poster sessions are scheduled on each day of the conference and these unopposed poster presentations will comprise a key component of the conference. Indeed, the outstanding abstracts presented at this meeting will shape the exchange of information and ideas that transpire in this exciting venue. We are confident that you will thoroughly enjoy this outstanding scientific meeting on beautiful Miami Beach.

For more information on the meeting program and venue, please see the “Attend a Meeting” page on the ACSM website.