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The First International Roundtable on the Genetic Regulation of Physical Activity (IR-GRPA)

You are invited to the public presentations that will be part of the International Roundtable on the Genetic Regulation of Physical Activity (IR-GRPA).  These talks will occur from 8 am – 5 pm on March 22, 2017 at Texas A&M University in Rm. 2401 of the Memorial Student Center (MSC).  Parking is available across from the MSC in the University Center Garage.



The schedule of roundtable speakers and their talk titles are:

  • Introductory comments & Welcome (8 - 8:30 am)
  • Dr. Daniel Pomp – Univ. North Carolina Chapel Hill: "The Quantitative Genetics/Genomics of Voluntary Exercise" (8:30 - 9:10 am)
  • Dr. Theodore Garland, Jr. (Program Committee) – University of California – Riverside: "Selective Breeding for High Activity and Highlights From This Model" (9:10 - 9:50 am)
  • Break (9:50-10 am)
  • Dr. Eco de Geus (Program Committee) – VU Medical Center (Netherlands): "The Use of Twin Studies to Determine the Genetics of Physical Activity and Highlights from this Model" (10:00 - 10:40 am)
  • Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot (Chair of Roundtable), Texas A&M University: "Why Did We Evolve Genetic Mechanisms to Control Activity?" (10:40 - 11:20 am)
  • Dr. Molly Bray – University of Texas: "Exercise Adherence and Genetics" (11:20 am - 12 pm)
  • Lunch break (12 - 12:45 pm)
  • Dr. Jaakko Kaprio – University of Helsinki: "MZ Twin Pairs Discordant for Physical Activity - A Model for Investigating Health Consequences" (12:45-1:25 pm)
  • Dr. Scott Kelly – Ohio Wesleyan University:  "Central vs Peripheral Genetic Control of Voluntary Wheel Running in Mice" (1:25 - 2:05 pm)
  • Dr. Frank Booth – University of Missouri:  "In Search for the Couch Potato Genes: What We Have Learned from LVR and HVR Rats" (2:05-2:45 pm)
  • Break (2:45 - 3 pm)
  • Dr. Marcel den Hoed – Uppsala University (Sweden): "Common Variants for Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior? Results from Large-Scale Meta-Analyses of GWAS" (3 - 3:40 pm)
  • Dr. Michael Saul – University of Illinois: "The Neural Transcriptome of Mice Born to Run Supports a Link Between Chromatin Structure and Motivation for Exercise" (3:40 - 4:20 pm)
  • Dr. Martine Thomis – University of K.U. Leuven (Belgium):  "Genetics of Strength Phenotypes and How They Could Affect Physical Activity" (4:20 - 5 pm)