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CHIP Lecture and workshop on Genomics & Health Behavior

University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut

Dr. Linda Pescatello, a Distinguished Professor in Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut will moderate a lecture and workshop on “Genomics & Health Behavior” Thursday May 1 at the e: 12:30 – 1:30 PM in room 204, 2nd Fl, Ryan Bldg, 2006 Hillside Rd., at the Storrs campus. There will also be live, interactive videoconference in the Cell & Genomic Science Building, Room R1202. The purpose of this session is to provide participants with real world examples of how clinical and genetic information will eventually be used to personalize exercise prescriptions in health and disease. Those unable to make it to either the Storrs or UCHC can view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at Live webcast viewers may submit questions in real time; simple instructions are posted at

Pescatello holds joint appointments in the Departments of Allied Health Services, Nutritional Sciences, and Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on genetic and clinical determinants of the response of health/fitness phenotypes to exercise, particularly blood pressure; the effects of cholesterol medications on blood pressure and exercise performance; and physical activity and contingency management as interventions to curb hazardous drinking among college students and enhance treatment adherence among populations with overweight and obesity and HIV positive substance abusers.

Dr. Pescatello is involved with one of the largest exercise genomics study to date, Functional Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) Associated with Human Muscle Size and Strength (FAMuSS NIH R01 NS40606-02). The primary aim of FAMuSS was to identify genetic factors that determine the response of health-related fitness characteristics to resistance exercise training (RT). Approximately 1,300 young, overweight men (42%) and women (58%) were recruited and genotyped for ~500 genetic variants in FAMuSS.

Following the lecture will a be a workshop dealing with “Overcoming the Hurdles to Designing Personalized Approaches to Lifestyle Risk Reduction Strategies,” 2:00 – 3:30 PM at both the CHIP Colloquium Room, 1st Floor, Ryan Building, 2006 Hillside Rd. in Storrs and again via live interactive videoconference in Cell & Genomic Science Building, Room R1202. Panelists for the workshop include: Deborah Fein (UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology); Brenton Graveley (Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, UConn Health); Marc Lalande (UConn Institute for Systems Genomics); and George Weinstock (Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine).
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