Category Archives: Exercise Science

Kinesiology graduate student Kate Uithoven is lead author on article in Journal of Vascular Diagnostics and Interventions

Kate Uithoven, M.S./Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, is the lead author of an article published in the Journal of Vascular Diagnostics and Interventions. The article entitled “Determination of bilateral symmetry of carotid artery structure and function in children and adolescents” examines symmetry of carotid arteries in youth using high-resolution ultrasound. Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., Kinesiology professor and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, and Nicholas Evanoff, Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, are co-authors on the article.

Dengel publishes in Journal of Geriatric Cardiology and Pediatric Research

Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, has co-authored two recently published articles.

Submaximal oxygen uptake kinetics, functional mobility, and physical activity in older adults with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction” appeared in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.

The article  “Impaired cardiac autonomic nervous system function is associated with pediatric hypertension independent of adiposity” appeared in Pediatric Research and examined whether sympathetic nervous system activity influences hypertension status and blood pressure in children and adolescents. These data suggest that impaired cardiac autonomic nervous system function is associated with higher odds of being prehypertensive/hypertensive and may be independent of adiposity in children and adolescents.



American Culture Center for Sport receives U.S. State Department grant

For the 5th consecutive year, the U.S. State Department will support the American Culture Center (ACC) for Sport in China administrated by the University of Minnesota. From September 2016 until August 2017, the funding will be $75,000 to Li Li Ji, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, the PI of the grant.

The ACC focuses on the introduction and promotion of sport as an American heritage and value. The main activities include on-campus, year-round programs and featured lecture tours that visit various Chinese universities.

In January 2017, Ji, Zan Gao, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab, and Gregory Welk, Ph.D., associate professor of health promotion and exercise at Iowa State University, will visit four universities. The goal is to introduce how mobile devices are being used to promote physical activity on U.S. campuses.


Ji receives Grant-in-Aid for research

Dr. LiLi JiLi Li Ji, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science has received a Grant-in-Aid. The title of the study is “In vivo DNA Transfection and Sarcopenia: A Mouse Model.” This research will be supported from January 2017 until June 2018.

Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Grant-in-Aid program funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors are a major determinant of the overall vitality of the University of Minnesota.

Kinesiology’s Anna Solfest awarded UROP to perform research in LIPH lab

solfestanna-2016Anna Solfest, a undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology, has received a U of M Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award. Anna’s UROP project will examine body composition, bone density, and visceral adipose tissue in male and female NCAA Division I basketball players. The project is under the direction of Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIPH).

The UROP Award offers financial awards to full-time undergraduates for quality research, scholarly, or creative projects that are judged to contribute to the student’s academic development and which are undertaken in collaboration with a faculty sponsor.

Dengel gives invited talks at East Carolina University

DengelD-2005Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, gave two research talks at East Carolina University this month.

The first talk, “Frontiers in Body Composition Analysis From NFL Players to Infants and Beyond,” was presented to students and faculty in the Department of Kinesiology on November 8. The second talk, “The Paradox of Severe Obesity and Vascular Function,” was presented to the Surgical Research Group at the East Carolina University School of Medicine on November 10. 

Dengel presents at Southeastern Pediatric Nutrition Conference

DengelD-2005Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, was invited to present at the Southeastern Neonatal/Pediatric Nutrition Conference on November 11 in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. His presentation was titled “Pediatric Vascular Health: Growing Up.” 

Leon to present at Endangered Neuron Conference

Arthur Leon, M.D., School of Kinesiology professor, will present a featured lecture at the Endangered Neuron Conference to be held at the American Swedish Institute on October 2, 2016. His presentation will be about the “Role of Lifestyle in Attenuating Cognitive Decline and Risk of Dementia with Aging”.

Barr-Anderson, Biltz present at NASPEM conference

Dr. Barr-Anderson
Dr. Barr-Anderson

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, presented a poster entitled “Teachers’ influence on weight-related behaviors of African American preschoolers” at the 2016 North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) in Knoxville, TN, on August 11. George Biltz, M.D., lecturer in the School, also presented a poster, “Initial Submaximal RER and Tidal Volume Variability Appear Inversely Related to Direction of Response to Marathon Training.” The conference was held from August 10-13.

George Biltz
Dr. Biltz

Formed in 1985, NASPEM’s membership is comprised of medical doctors, researchers, educators, and students interested in pediatric exercise. Their mission is to promote exercise science, physical activity and fitness in the health and medical care of children and adolescents.

School of Kinesiology receives American Center for Cultural Exchange Network’s 2016 Excellence Award

ACCEX award 2016
l to r:  Dr. Li Li Ji;  Harvey Sernovitz, director of Office for Cultural Affairs; Dan Konold, executive coordinator at TUS; William Brashares, dean of international education at Arizona State University; Wang Yi, TUS.

The U.S. State Department has presented the School of Kinesiology and its partner, Tianjin University of Sport (TUS) in China, with the American Center for Cultural Exchange Network’s  2016 Excellence Award.

This is the first year of the award, created to recognize members of the American Cultural Center (ACC) for outstanding work in fulfilling the mission of the organization.

The ACC has twelve centers funded by the U.S. State Department, each focused on a particular area of American culture. The School of Kinesiology and  partner Tianjin University of Sport is the only ACC focused on sport. The partnership’s goal is to “foster and deepen the appreciation for American culture through sport among Chinese students and people in the Tianjin metropolitan area.” The partnership sponsored educational lectures and visits, on-site programs, and collaboration with other ACC network members. A number of School of Kinesiology faculty and staff as well as the U of M community were involved during 2012-2016 in presenting lectures, hosting visiting scholars and delegations, and providing consultation at Tianjin University and other member universities, funded through a grant from the State Department.

Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology, accepted the award. He says,
“We are truly honored to receive this inaugural award from the U.S. State Department. It is the result of years of dedicated and creative work done by over a dozen School of Kinesiology faculty and supporting staff, many who traveled to China to deliver the programs. TUS has shown tremendous commitment to support the ACC. We thank the U of M China Center and GPS Alliance for guidance and support and will continue to make the ACC a bridge for Sino-US cultural exchange.”
The award includes a $2500 prize to be used for ACC future programming.

Leon named Top Doctor of the Year in Higher Education by IAOTP

Arthur Leon, M.D., School of Kinesiology professor, has been named 2016-17 “Top Doctor of the Year in Higher Education” by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

IAOTP is an international boutique networking organization that identifies the most prestigious top professionals from different industries. These professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas, be keynote speakers, and help influence others in their field.

Read the full press release here.

LIHP alumni, faculty publish in “Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology”

coverJustin Geijer, Ph.D., (Ph.D., 2015) an assistant professor at Winona State University, is the lead author of an article recently published in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. The article, “Reproducibility of brachial vascular changes with alterations in end-tidal carbon dioxide,” examined the reproducibility of using carbon dioxide to alter diameter in the brachial artery. The results of this study suggest that carbon dioxide can alter the diameter of the brachial artery, but it is not reproducible enough to use this method to examine vascular health.

This article was part of Dr. Geijer’s dissertation. His advisor, Donald Dengel, Ph.D., professor and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is also a co-author on this article as are School alumni Nick Evanoff, Aaron Kelly, Michael Chermin, and Matthew Stoltman.

Ji, LPHES lab members presenting at ACSM

ACSM_logoThis week at the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Boston, Li Li Ji, PhD, Kinesiology professor  and director, and director of  the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES), will be making the following presentations with lab members:

  • Protection of Avenanthramides On TNFα-induced Muscle Cell Atrophy Via NFκB Inhibition (Dongwook Yeo, Kinesiology doctoral student, Chounghun Kang, postdoctoral associate, and Li Li Ji)
  • Anti-inflammatory Effect of Avenanthramides Via Nf-κB Pathways in C2c12 Skeletal Muscle Cells (Kang, Woo Shik Shin,  graduate student, Yeo, and Ji)

Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab members to present at ACSM Annual Meeting

ACSM_2Six members of the School of Kinesiology will be representing the Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

Graduate assistant Eli Kelley and lecturer Chris Lundstrom, Ph.D., will both be giving talks, with Eli presenting on how genetic variation of the beta-2 adrenergic receptor can influence muscular strength in healthy subjects and Dr. Lundstrom presenting on the effects of marathon training on substrate utilization in runners.

Graduate student researchers Erin McGuirk, Hanan Zavala, Emma Lee, and Kate Uithoven will all be presenting research findings at various poster sessions. Erin will be presenting data exploring the effect of gender on substrate utilization and how differences in substrate utilization influence pacing strategies in marathon runners, and Hanan will be presenting findings that demonstrate that non-invasive estimates of pulmonary vascular function are not accurate in patients with cystic fibrosis during exercise. In addition, Emma will be discussing recent findings that demonstrate variables involved in sustained muscular efficiency in patients with cystic fibrosis, and Kate will be presenting data that compares stimulation of the lungs with a drug compared to exercise and the resulting lung fluid changes.

The students are mentored by CEPL director and assistant professor Eric Snyder, Ph.D.

Dengel quoted in Huffington Post

Dr. Don Dengel
Dr. Don Dengel

Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP) was recently quoted in The Huffington Post on why it is important to change up your workout routines.

Dengel said, “Any form of activity is good activity … but speciality is not the best way to work our bodies. Variety is what we want.”

Read the full article here.

Leon receives 2016 Honor Award from American College of Sports Medicine

Arthur Leon, M.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, has been selected by the American College of Sports Medicine as a 2016 Honors Award recipient. This award is granted to an individual with a distinguished career of outstanding scientific and scholarly contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences.

Dr. Leon received his B.S. from the University of Florida (1952) and an M.S. (1954) and an M.D. (1957) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1973, Leon joined the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES) at the University of Minnesota, where his research resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Today Dr. Leon is internationally recognized for his research on the role of physical activity in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and for advancing the understanding of the role of genetic and non-genetic factors in the variability of responsiveness to exercise training.

“Arthur S. Leon, M.D., M.S., one of the ‘World’s Top Cardiologists’ and a ‘giant’ in the fields  of exercise science and cardiovascular medicine, is most deserving of the 2016 ACSM Honor Award,” said Wayne State University professor and ACSM past president Barry Franklin. “His primary research focus, the role of exercise, diet and lipids in the primary and secondary prevention of coronary disease, has culminated in ~300 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including several seminal papers. He has served as the PI on 5 major, multi-year NIH grants and PI or Co-PI on dozens of additional grants.”

Currently Leon is the Henry L. Taylor Professor of Exercise Science in the School of Kinesiology, where his continued commitment to research and teaching serves as a model and motivation for both students and colleagues.

Dr. Leon will be honored at the ACSM’s Annual Meeting Awards Banquet on June 3 in Boston, MA.

Dengel co-author on article published in Techniques Magazine

DengelD-2005Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology in the School of Kinesiology, is co-author of an article published in the May 2016 issue of Techniques Magazine, published by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The article entitled “Body Composition: Methods and importance for performance and health” examined body composition of track and field athletes in the various disciplines. Olivia Dengel, an undergraduate student at the College of Saint Benedict, was also a co-author on the paper.

Zhang awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Tino Zhang

Doctoral candidate Tianou “Tino” Zhang has been awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year from the University of Minnesota’s Graduate School.

Zhang’s research, “Dietary Antioxidant Protection against Inflammation in Exercise and Obesity,” is conducted in the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science. Zhang intends to research whether oats and olive oil supplementation can increase antioxidant capacity and reduce inflammation in heavy exercise and obesity. He is advised by LPHES lab director, Dr. Li Li Ji

The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University’s most accomplished doctoral candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year. The award includes a stipend of $23,000 for the academic year (September-May), tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester (fall & spring), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.

Ji gives keynote address on Globalization of Kinesiology at ICHPER-SD conference

Li LiLi Li Ji, Ph.D., director and professor in the School of Kinesiology, gave an opening  keynote address on “Globalization of Kinesiology” at the SHAPE America National Convention and Exposition held in Minneapolis earlier this month. Ji’s keynote was presented to the International Council on Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance (ICHPER-SD), which met in conjunction with SHAPE America. His keynote is available at this link.


Kinesiology doctoral student Greg Rhodes named to ski instructor’s national team

formal portrait image of Greg Rhodes in a dress shirt and tie, smilingSchool of Kinesiology exercise physiology doctoral student Greg Rhodes, M.Ed., has been named to the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) National Team for 2016-20 in Nordic Cross Country. The PSIA-AASI Team is formed every four years following a rigorous selection process that enables PSIA-AASI to select the nation’s best instructors to represent the association at the highest level and working with ski and ride schools throughout the country, conducting clinics, and representing PSIA-AASI as the public face of the organization. Rhodes is currently a faculty lecturer with Fort Lewis College, Colorado, ski instructor at Aspen Skiing Company, and Head Coach and Owner at Endurance Athlete.