The CHIP lecture series resumes Thursday, September 12 2013, with a talk by Beth Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Nursing, University of Hartford, about “Are Marathons Dangerous? Updates and Insights from the 2010-2012 Boston Marathon Studies.”
An avid runner herself, Parker’s research focuses on age and sex differences in vascular function and cardiovascular responses to exercise. She has conducted recent studies at the Boston Marathon to determine the effects of sustained endurance exercise on blood clot risk, markers of cardiovascular injury and stress, and the effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs on these biomarkers. She also maintains a blog (http://uheart.wordpress.com) dedicated to updates and insights on health and wellness.
Parker is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and the Director of the Center for Health, Care and Well-Being in the Institute for Translational Research at University of Hartford as well as the Director of Exercise Physiology Research at Hartford Hospital, as well as a principal or co-investigator on several NIH-funded projects involving the pleiotropic effects of statin therapy (cholesterol-lowering drugs) in humans. These projects include investigation of the direct effects of statins on skeletal muscle strength and aerobic performance, the effects of Coenzyme Q10 supplementation on skeletal muscle side effects, and cognitive side effects of statins assessed with functional magnetic resonance imaging.
At present she is also conducting research investigating the effects of factors such as smoking, testicular cancer; exercise and aging on vascular function.
The lecture will be in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of Ryan at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs from 12:30am-1:30pm. You can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at the following link: http://www.chip.uconn.edu/lecture-9-12-13. wellness.
As usual lunch will be provided those that indicate their preference ahead of time from a platter of sandwich and wrap selections, including: Roast beef, roasted red peppers, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, horseradish mayonnaise on sourdough roll; Gazpacho wrap - grape tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, mozzarella cheese, lettuce on whole wheat wrap; and Tangier Vegan Wrap -hummus and tabbouleh, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots on whole wheat wrap. All selections come with a piece of fresh fruit and bottled water. Please contact Stacey Leeds with your preference by Monday, September 9 at 11:00 am sharp at 860 486-5917