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AME2P Abstract

AME2P Abstract

It is now well known that some of the health benefits are associated with regular exercise (e.g. reduced coronary risk factors ; improved glucose tolerance ; improved bone density and the like).The general aim of the laboratory is to investigate the interaction between different metabolic responses and exercise. Specific topics of the research group are the study of underlying mechanisms in which different modalities of exercise (duration, intensity, concentric vs. eccentric contractions, continuous vs. intermittent exercise, acute vs. chronic exercise) may optimize the energy metabolism, muscle and skeletal systems in various populations. Two main topics are considered : Physical activity and energy metabolism : The type of exercise and pre-exercise food intake implicate different regulations in the utilization of energy substrates and storage-mobilization of energy during acute or chronic exercise. These adaptations are related to mechanisms involving specific metabolic and hormonal responses and the production of various biological factors such as myokines and adipokines. The main purpose is to study the effects of exercise modalities and food intake on the utilization of energy substrates during exercise in healthy populations as well in populations showing various metabolic disorders. Physical activity, metabolism, muscle and skeletal systems : The muscle-bone unit is not only anatomical but also functional with a major role in the development and integrity of bone health. This couple is a complex functional unit which is regulated by mechanical constraints and associated hormonal systems including IGF1 axis, sexual steroids and some hormones from adipose tissue and vitamin D. This functional unit is controlled (or regulated) by various mechanical constraints which vary according to the type of exercise, weight status or age. This research program tries to provide new and original information considering the effects of different exercise modalities on neuromuscular system and bone metabolism during physiological and pathological conditions.

Staff :

11 pHD (including 4 professors and 7 assistant professors), 1 Emeritus Professor, 2 associated members, 1 technician, 7 pHD students

International Collaborations :

Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, University of Exeter, UK The Center of Biokinetic Studies (CEB), Coimbra, Portugal Centre of Physical Activity Across the Lifespan, School of Exercise Science, Melbourne - Sydney, Australie