Faculty welcomes visiting scholar Professor Charles Rice to seminar series

Dr. Charles Rice to share his research on neuromuscular function in seminar series.

The ability of humans to move and interact with the environment around them is central to Dr. Charles Rice's research on the interrelationships between neural control and muscle properties during muscle contractions in humans.

Professor Rice visits the Faculty of Health and Social Development from Western University where he is the Principal Investigator in the Neuromuscular Lab in the School of Kinesiology and Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology. He will present a seminar entitled Neuromuscular Factors Related to Sarcopenia: Size and Quality Matter.

When: Thursday, April 3rd 3:30pm Where: ARTS 376

Rice will discuss how age-related loss of muscle mass and strength can be related partially to changes in the quantity and quality of the neuromuscular system.

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences Seminar Series fosters the exchange of ideas to stimulate international collaborative teaching and research efforts. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend Rice’s seminar.

Synopsis of Dr. Rice's presentation: The age-related loss of muscle mass and strength (sarcopenia) can be related partially to changes in the quantity and quality of the neuromuscular system. We have focused our studies at the motor unit level to investigate how some key features of motor unit structure and function contribute and adapt to normal adult aging of the neuromuscular system.  In cross-sectional comparisons of young and older (60-95y) healthy adults, and with older humans who are very physically active; a combination of electrophysiologic and anatomic techniques have been used to assess the relative influence of various elements of the system, and to explore the impact of physical activity as a possible moderating factor to the age-related declines in structure and function.

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