Attend the Bengt Saltin International Graduate Course in Clinical and Exercise Physiology!

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017

This September, Ottawa-Gatineau will be hosting the 3rd Annual Bengt Saltin International Graduate Course in Clinical and Exercise Physiology.

The objective of this course is to provide graduate students and postdocs with an intensive four-day learning experience spanning whole body clinical physiology to the cellular and molecular adaptations that occur in muscle and adipose tissue with exercise and how nutritional interventions can be used to alter these responses.

Funds to support this course have been secured through a number of universities and other organizations including the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa, the CIHR Institute of Nutrition Metabolism and Diabetes, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and NRC Press.

Given the generous support from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, and others, we have fully funded spots for 6 grad students or postdocs from the Faculty of Medicine to attend the course. (i.e., Registration and food costs will be entirely covered.)

The goals of the program, and its teaching philosophy, are briefly outlined below.

The Bengt Saltin International Graduate Course in Clinical and Exercise Physiology:

Dr. Bengt Saltin (1935-2014) was an eminent scientist and educator whose work contributed significantly to advancing the understanding of muscle metabolism, the regulation of circulation and the mechanisms underlying the adaptation to exercise training.

This course has been named in his honor and follows in the footsteps of similar intensive graduate training courses in Scandinavia. Past participants of this course in previous forms have gone on to secure faculty positions both within Canada (Dr. Greg Steinberg, McMaster University, Dr. Jane Shearer, University of Calgary, Dr. Marina Mourtzakis, University of Waterloo) and abroad (Dr. Clara Prats Gavalda, University of Copenhagen, Dr. Wim Derave, Ghent University, Dr. Robyn Murphy, La Trobe University).

This course is geared to provide students with an intensive four-day learning experience encompassing the most up to date approaches utilized in clinical and basic exercise and nutrition research.

At the end of this course attendees will have a more thorough understanding of, and appreciation for, the following topics:

  1. Cardiovascular and respiratory function and how it is altered with aging and disease
  2. The impact of manipulating the diet on the metabolic responses to exercise in conditions of obesity and insulin resistance
  3. The mechanisms of exercise on mitochondrial bioenergetics in muscle and adipose tissue and how these can be targeted to prevent and treat metabolic diseases
  4. Sex differences in the metabolic and cardiovascular response to exercise in health and disease and how this is impacted by maternal health
  5. Inter-organ communication during exercise with a special emphasis placed on the treatment and prevention of the metabolic syndrome (i.e. obesity, insulin resistance and inflammation)

The course will take place at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Gatineau, September 18-21, 2017 and will involve faculty from both Canada and Denmark.

Twenty-nine faculty members have been identified and chosen to participate based on their excellence as both researchers and teachers. The faculty includes young investigators, mid-career scientists and senior researchers.

The invited faculty members have received notable recognition for their research as shown by a number of awards (Canada Research Chairs), grants (CIHR, NSERC, Novo Nordisk, Danish Diabetes Academy) and publications in high impact journals.

In order to maintain a small student to faculty ratio, enrollment in this course will be capped at 40 students with preference given to students from “sponsoring” institutions. Each institution will nominate attendees based on academic and research excellence (transcripts and CV).

The course has been organized thematically with daily keynote addresses given by recognized leaders in their fields, followed by 25-minute research presentations by faculty, and short presentations by trainees (poster and oral).

The course offers a multidisciplinary and integrative approach to the study of exercise and diet in the context of health and disease. This is noteworthy given the increasingly “siloed” approaches employed in many fields.

One of the unique aspects of this course is the opportunity for students to interact with global leaders in the field in one-on-one and small group settings. To maximize the student training experience, a stated expectation of all faculty is that they participate in the full program (all days); past meetings have demonstrated that this almost always the case.

In addition to facilitating interactions between students and faculty members, this course offers a unique opportunity for researchers from different parts of the world to interact with each other and establish important research collaborations.

With the ever-increasing globalization of graduate education and research the proposed course will offer a unique setting to establish collaborations for both junior trainees and experienced researchers alike.

For more information (Poster)

If you are interested in attending this course, please send:

  1. a short note explaining why this course would be valuable to you,
  2. your CV, and
  3. graduate transcripts,

before July 31 2017 to:

Mary-Ellen Harper, PhD
Faculty of Medicine

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