Student Journal Club


Journal Club

Fall Term 2013

CRN 35796 / GBS 746J 01 - Exercise Med JC



Exercise training in various forms induces a complex array of coordinated cellular and molecular processes that improve symptoms and co-morbidities associated with numerous chronic conditions including musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, metabolic, immunologic, and neurologic disorders—and disease risks associated with chronic physical inactivity are widespread.  Understanding the biological mechanisms underlying exercise-induced adaptations and their clinical utility in disease treatment and prevention is therefore a truly interdisciplinary effort.  Students will interact with scientists and clinicians from several disciplines, and will present and discuss the latest and most impactful exercise-based research in both human and animal model systems.  Attendance is required.


All meetings will be on Wednesdays at 3:30pm.






10 Sept Michael Stec

PGC1a4, a novel PGC1a isoform that modulates exercise-induced muscle hypertrophy.

Cell 151, 1319-1331, Dec. 7, 2012

17 Sept

Nicole Day

Exercise and Traumatic Brain Injury J of Neurotrauma, 30:281, Feb 15, 2013
J of Neurotrauma, 29:1426, May 1, 2012

24 Sept

Robert Akscyn

Effects of Exercise Training on Responses to Major Trauma/Burn/Sepsis Crit Care Med. 2013 Jul 24
Burns, 38(8): 1165-73, Dec 2012
J Burn Care Res; Mar 18, 2013

08 Oct

Douglas Doud

Effects of Exercise Training on Tendinopathy J of Biomechanics, 46, 2013, 498-505
Annals of Biomed Eng, 41:6, Jun 2013, 1120-1128

15 Oct

Desiree Stewart

Exercise Induces Hippocampal BDNF through a PGC-1 a/FNDC5 Pathway

Wrann, et al., Cell Metabolism (2013)

29 Oct

Frank Meyers


05 Nov

Sarah Sweatt

Exercise in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Comerford, KB; Metabolism, 2012, 61(9), 1256-60

12 Nov



Neil Kelly

Exercise in Parkinson's Disease Shulman, L, et al; JAMA Neurol 2013
Beall EB, Brain Connect 2013, 3(2) 190-198

19 Nov

Jessical Nichols

Effects of Exercise on Cognitive Function after Traumatic Brain Injury Chen MF, et al; J Physiol 2013
Piao CS, et al, Neurobiol Dis. 2013


McCallum Building (1918 University Blvd), conference room 901.

Expectations and Grading

Students will be graded based on preparedness and participation (pass/fail).  There will be no exam.  Each presenter will choose a topic on a particular disease state or injury, and present and summarize 1-2 papers in one session.  Presenters are free to discuss works based on animal models or humans, or a combination.  For each session, the presenter must submit the paper(s) (electronically as PDF) to be discussed at least two weeks prior to the session.  Knowing the topic and particular paper(s) well in advance will foster participation by additional faculty and trainees.  The presenter will be expected to prepare a Powerpoint presentation that summarizes the paper(s), and will be expected to lead the discussion by describing the key components of the research (authors, location, background/introduction, hypothesis/purpose, methods, and results).  The presenter should also be prepared to answer questions.  Non-presenting students will be expected to read the scheduled paper(s) prior to each session, and will be expected to actively participate in each discussion.

Course Director

Marcas M Bamman, PhD