The Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada: September 24 – 27, 2018
A 4-day intensive advanced graduate-level course that brings together faculty and students from Canadian and Danish Universities focusing on topics in exercise and clinical physiology.
This annual, integrative research-based course covers basic and applied science topics on various physiological systems and extends to common clinical physiological applications. Thematic areas in physiology will range from subcellular signaling to organ function and systemic integration.
The international aspect of the course facilitates exchange of diverse topics, research perspectives, experimental approaches, research design, and national traditions. Faculty plenary lectures, student research presentations, and extensive seminar format are intended to maximize student-student and student-faculty interaction, enrich learning and inspire creativity in research. The International Course also aims to enhance academic and research networks between Danish and Canadian institutions to enrich graduate student learning, faculty interaction and exploration of future research initiatives that result in student mobility, development of new programs, projects, partnerships, student involvement, and likelihood of longevity of collaboration. The course will provide a platform for launching national and international research funding initiatives.
The course is structured to form a foundational component of graduate study credits at Canadian universities and for ECTS credits at Danish Universities. The course is open to graduate students from around the world and will rotate annually between Canada and Denmark.
Canada and Scandinavia have strong cultural and business links with Canada being one of the strongest growing export markets for Danish companies. The Canadian and Danish Trade Commissions have built extensive networks for knowledge exchange based on a shared value system with continuing commitment to fruitful collaboration on many global issues including industry, culture and the arctic. Universities across Canada and Denmark are committed to the ideal of academic scholarship and to the development of an international perspective to broaden and enrich educational quality and expand research innovation. As part of university missions, students are encouraged to participate in international exchanges and internships, courses and field schools. These opportunities foster appreciation of other perspectives, cultures and exposure to new expertise as a part of excellence in university education. Equity, diversity and responsibility to society are values upon which the mission of Canadian and Danish Universities are founded. International collaborations between Canada and Denmark have been active for close to a century and have developed intellectual depth and high rates of research discovery. Notably, a rich tradition of scientific collaboration exists in the fields of physiology and exercise.
After receiving the Nobel Prize in 1920 for his work on the function of capillaries, August Krogh took an interest in the work of Frederick Banting and Charles Best on the glucose lowering peptide insulin. On a trip to North America in 1922 August and his wife Marie who was diabetic, visited Banting’s lab at the University of Toronto. Krogh verified Banting’s findings on insulin and upon return to Denmark was instrumental in the nomination of Banting & Macleod for the Nobel Prize. Krogh obtained a license for the protocol for insulin purification and began production immediately upon his return to Copenhagen. Together with the Danish physician H. C. Hagedorn, Krogh then founded the Nordic Insulin Laboratory and the Nordisk Insulin Foundation which today constitute the company Novo Nordisk and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
Continuing Krogh and Lindhard’s pioneering work in the physiology of exercise and establishment of the Copenhagen School, the Swedish physiologist Bengt Saltin conducted groundbreaking research in exercise physiology at the August Krogh Institute, beginning with seminal work on oxygen uptake, exercise and muscle glycogen, and the role of the circulation in exercise training and performance. Amongst many accomplishments, Saltin was awarded the August Krogh Prize, The Novo Nordisk Prize and the International Olympic Prize. As Director of The Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre he led the field internationally, and was a strong proponent of international collaboration. He was awarded 12 honorary doctorates -3 from Canadian universities stemming from rich history of research collaboration (>75 publications) with Canadian scientists. Bengt Saltin was an organizing member of the first International Graduate Courses held in 2010 and 2011, and owing to the positive review of these courses, he urged their continuation,
'There is no doubt that not only was it an exceptional learning opportunity but also the beginning of professional networks were formed. There were a number of discussions among the groups on concrete future studies.’ Bengt Saltin, 2011 Course, Quebec City
The Saltin International Graduate Course in Clinical and Exercise Physiology will extend the strong scientific lineage between Denmark and Canada. In the field of Exercise Physiology, the respective countries rank in the top tier internationally for scientific impact per capita. In the previous International courses held in 2010, and 2011, 13 faculty from 6 countries participated and interacted throughout the 4 days with 60 graduate students from 9 Canadian universities, the University of Copenhagen, and 3 other European universities. The experience for both faculty and students was unique and highly valued by faculty and students alike,
‘I have taken part in these courses and the experience was amazing. It is a great learning opportunity and you get to interact with world experts both formally and informally. You can meet fellow students from across Canada and Europe - in some cases developing friends for decades. I encourage you to strongly consider fitting this into your studies. You will not get many of these chances.’ Terry Graham- Professor Emeritus, 2011 Course, Quebec City
|Robert Boushel||Professor and Director||School of Kinesiology||University of British Columbia|
|Terry Graham||Professor Emeritus||Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences||University of Guelph|
|Mary-Ellen Harper||Professor||Department of Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine
|University of Ottawa|
|David Wright||Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair||Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences||University of Guelph|
- To provide an innovative learning experience for graduate students through exposure to and interaction with an extensive group of internationally recognized scholars and student peers across Canada and Internationally.
- To gain exposure to diverse research perspectives and experimental approaches to enrich student learning through plenary lectures by numerous renowned researchers and educators.
- To facilitate interactive discussion on cutting edge topics, explore approaches to stimulate creativity and novelty in research design and enhance research study impact.
- To gain experience in formulating and communicating research proposals.
- To foster the formation of research networks between scientists and institutions for exploration of future academic research initiatives.
- To participate in discussions on career paths and trajectory.
- To gain experience presenting research to peers and scholars.
Graduate students will have the unique opportunity to interact closely with scholars in their field over a 4-day period. Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art experimental approaches that may be implemented in their own research to enhance sophistication and novelty. Valuable experience will be gained through oral presentation of their own research in an international setting and collegial atmosphere. The opportunity exists to develop collaborative relationships, formal partnerships with peers and faculty at national and international levels, and discuss funding avenues. Students will gain insight on teaching approaches and responsibilities in the academic setting.
Students may register for a 3-credit graduate seminar course at their home institution, or a KIN 500 course at UBC. The 3-credit course requirements are: i) the preparation of a poster, ii) an oral presentation and iii) a written paper on a selected topic in the course program.
For further information contact the Graduate Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Mountain Inn Resort
108 Jozo Weider Blvd.
The Blue Mountains, Ontario, L9Y 3Z2
Travel & Accommodation
Acceptance to the 2018 Saltin Course at the Blue Mountain Resort includes the accommodation and meals for students of sponsoring universities. There is no registration fee, but students must arrange their own travel.
Students accepted to the course from non-sponsoring universities must cover their travel, accommodation, and meals. Costs for 4-night double occupancy and meals is $1200 CAD.
Saltin International Graduate Course in Exercise and Clinical Physiology Program
|8:00-8:15||Welcome and Introduction
Robert Boushel, University of British Columbia
|8:15-9:00||Keynote: “The Role of Myokines in Exercise as Medicine – a Translational Perspective” (paper) (paper)
Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Centre of Inflammation & Metabolism, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
|Symposia #1: Adaptations to Training: Cell to Whole Body
Chair: Ira Jacobs, University of Toronto
|9:00-9:30||Adaptations to High-Intensity Training (paper)
Jenna Gillen, University of Toronto
|9:30-10:00||Targeting Mitochondria to Improve Mobility
Chris Perry, York University
|10:00-10:30||Training in the Endurance Athlete
Carsten Lundby, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
|Symposia #2: Exercise and Brain Health
Chair: David Wright, University of Guelph
|11:15-11:45||Exercise and Cognitive Function (paper)
Jennifer Heisz, McMaster University
|11:45-12:15||Impact of Exercise on Cerebral Blood Flow
Bradley MacIntosh, University of Toronto
|12:15-12:45||Neuromuscular Changes with Fatigue (paper)
Jayne Kalmar, Wilfred Laurier University
|Symposia #3: Are there Conditions when Exercise “Mimetics” could be Useful?
Chair: Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Centre of Inflammation & Metabolism, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
Ira Jacobs, University of Toronto
|2:15-2:45||Targeting Exercise Activated Pathways to Counter Side Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs
David Wright, University of Guelph
|2:45-3:15||Tools to Activate AMPK as a Mimetic of Exercise Adaptation
Greg Steinberg, McMaster University
|8:00-8:45||Keynote: Explaining the Divergent Response to Weight Loss in Diet Sensitive and Resistant Individuals
Mary-Ellen Harper, University of Ottawa
|Symposia #4: Novel Approaches to Treat and Prevent Obesity
Chair: Greg Steinberg, McMaster University
|9:00-9:30||Muscle Based Thermogenesis (paper)
Russ Tupling, University of Waterloo
|9:30-10:00||Brown Adipose Tissue (paper)
André Carpentier, Université de Sherbrooke
|10:00-10:30||Low intensity Training with/without Caloric Restriction- Genes to Body Composition (paper)(paper)(paper)
Jose Calbet, University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
|Symposia #5: Food, the Gut and Training
Chair: Terry Graham, University of Guelph
|11:00-11:30||Exercise and Diet Interactions in Modulating Gut Health (paper)
Jane Shearer, University of Calgary
Andre Tchernof, Université Laval
|12:00-12:30||Nutrition, Oxidative Stress and Chronic Inflammation (paper)
Lindsay Robinson, University of Guelph
|Symposia #6: Sex/Gender Differences
Chair: Mary-Ellen Harper, University of Ottawa
|1:30-2:00||Sex-Differences in Function with Aging (paper)
Jennifer Jakobi, University of British Columbia
|2:00-2:30||Sex Differences in the Oxygen Cascade
Robert Boushel, University of British Columbia
|2:30-3:00||Imtramuscular Lipids, Metabolism and Sex-differences (paper)
Michaela Devries, University of Waterloo
|6:30-7:15||Evening Keynote: Cardiovascular adaptations to exercise training- what is new? (paper)
Ylva Hellsten, University of Copenhagen
|8:00-8:45||Keynote: Assessing the Respiratory System Response to Exercise: Overbuilt, Underbuilt, Just Right?!
Jerry Dempsey, University of Wisconsin
|Symposia #7: The Oxygen Cascade During Exercise
Chair: Ylva Hellsten, University of Copenhagen
|9:00-9:30||Respiratory-Circulatory Interactions During Exercise
Bill Sheel, University of British Columbia
|9:30-10:00||Microvascular Control of Oxygen Delivery (paper)
Graham Fraser, Memorial University
|10:00-10:30||Autonomic Neural Control of the Circulation (paper)
Catherine Notarius, University of Toronto
|11:00-11:45||Keynote: Location, Location: Techniques to Measure Organelle Cellular Morphology and the Metabolic Implications
Clara Prats, University of Copenhagen
|1:15-3:00||Symposia#8 Careers, Professional Training, Future Directions in Exercise Physiology
Chairs: Leslie Auger, University of Guelph-Humber and Terry Graham, University of Guelph (paper) (paper)(paper) (paper)
Panelists:Inge Holm, Centre for Physical Activity Research, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen; Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Centre for Physical Activity Research, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen; Kerry Ritchie, University of Guelph; Michaela Devries, University of Waterloo; Mark Dekker, PepsiCo CanadaInteractive Discussion: Panelists/Students
|8:00-8:45||Keynote: Muscle Performance and Fatigue (paper) (paper)
Niels Ørtenblad, University of Southern Denmark
|Symposia #9: Exercise and Clinical Populations
Chair: Jose Calbet, University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
|9:00-9:30||Training Induced Adaptations in Cancer (paper) (paper)
Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Centre of Inflammation & Metabolism, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
|9:30-10:00||Exercise, Neuro-inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease (paper)
Rebecca MacPherson, Brock University
|10:00-10:30||Clinical Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions
Cathy Chan, University of Alberta
* Lectures tailored to student learning: 25 min+5 min Q/A
* 40 student registrants
* Canadian (3 cr) and European (3.5ECTS) Course credit