Journal Club

Fall Term 2015

CRN 57359 / GBSC 700. Section 01K - Striated Muscle Biology Journal Club


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.  Students interested in any aspect of skeletal muscle or cardiac muscle biology are encouraged to attend. 


All meetings will be on Wednesdays from 1130-1230 pm

Dates of Scheduled Classes: 
September 2, 16 and 30
October 14 and 21
November 11 and 18
December 2

Heflin Library - Tinsley Harrison Towers 311

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

Glenn C. Rowe, PhD