The Saltin International Graduate Course in Clinical & Exercise Physiology

SPONSORING UNIVERSITIES
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Toronto, Canada: Oct. 10 – 14, 2015  |  Copenhagen, Denmark: 2016

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.

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Saltin Course Poster

Saltin Course Poster

 

International Perspective

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

Course Leaders

Robert Boushel
Professor and Director
School of Kinesiology
University of British Columbia
Henriette Pilegaard
Professor, Molecular Integrative Physiology
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
August Krogh Centre
University of Copenhagen
Terry Graham
Professor Emeritus
Department of Human Health
and Nutritional Sciences
University of Guelph
Jørgen Wojtaszewski
Professor Molecular Physiology
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
August Krogh Centre
University of Copenhagen
Phillip Gardiner
Canada Research Chair
Director, Health, Leisure &
Human Performance Research Institute
University of Manitoba
Ylva Hellsten
Professor Molecular Physiology
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
August Krogh Centre
University of Copenhagen
Hans Christer Holmberg
Professor and Director
Swedish Winter Olympic Research Centre
Mid-Sweden University
Østersund

 Course Objectives

  • 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.
  • Gain exposure and perspectives on academic teaching and advising.

Course Outcomes

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.

Course Credits

If students do not have a designated graduate credit course at their home institution, they may register for a Graduate Seminar course at UBC-Vancouver, and course credits may be transferable to home institutions. For further information contact the Graduate Program Director at saltincourse.kin@ubc.ca.

TORONTO, Canada

October 10-14, 2015

VENUE

Old Mill Toronto
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON M8X 1G5

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

Acceptance to the 2015 Saltin Course in Toronto 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.

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Day 1

Muscle Morphology, Metabolism and Bioenergetics

Morning Session I

Chair Terry Graham, University of Guelph
Muscle substrates, metabolic profile and fibre type
Niels Ortenblad, University of Southern Denmark
Regulation of fatty acid transport and oxidation
Graham Holloway, University of Guelph
Mechanisms  of  glucose  transport  and  oxidation
Jørgen Wojtaszewski, University of Copenhagen
Endocrine-paracrine modulation of muscle substrate utilization
Dustin Hittel, University of Calgary
Interactive Discussion
Break

Morning Session II

Chair Jørgen Wojtaszewski, August Krogh Ctr, University of Copenhagen
Exercise, PGC-1-α and mitochondrial dynamic response to exercise
Henriette Pilegaard, University Copenhagen
Redox sensing; novel pathways for mitochondrial regulation
Filip Larsen, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences
Mitochondrial  bioenergetics:  up/down-regulation
Chris Perry, York University
Effects of exercise on non-muscle targets
David Wright, University of Guelph
Interactive Discussion
Break

Afternoon Session

Student Research Presentations / Discussion Groups
Chairs Canadian/International Faculty
Student Working Groups with Faculty

Sunset Seminar

Nutrigenomics
Terry Graham, University of Guelph
Dustin Hittel, University of Calgary
Exercise Metabolomics
David Wright, University of Guelph
Bente Klarlund-Pedersen, Centre for Physical Activity & Health, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen

Day 2

Neuromuscular Control

Morning Session

Chair Phillip Gardiner, University of Manitoba
Neuromechanical and muscle architectural changes with training
Geoff Power, University of Guelph
Compensatory mechanisms in neural fatigue
Jayne Kalmar, Wilfred Laurier University
Aging muscle, the neuromuscular junction and fibre type
Russ Hepple, McGill University
Interactive Discussion
Break
Neuromuscular adaptations to training
Phil Gardiner, University of Manitoba
Inter-muscular activation patterns via intramuscular EMG
Toni Arndt, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences
Muscle recruitment changes with training
Hans Christer Holmberg, Swedish Winter Olympic Training Centre,  Mid-Sweden University
Interactive Discussion
Break

Afternoon Session

Student Research Presentations / Discussion Groups
Chairs Canadian/International Faculty
Student Working Groups with Faculty

Sunset Seminar

Teaching in Exercise Physiology
Coral Murrant, University of Guelph
Henriette Pilegaard, August Krogh Centre, University of Copenhagen
Jerome Dempsey, University of Wisconsin
From Graduate student to post-doc
Bill Sheel, University of British Columbia
Graham Holloway, University of Guelph

Day 3

Cardiovascular Regulation / Cardiorespiratory Function

Morning Session I

Cardiovascular Regulation

Chair Kevin Shoemaker, Western University
Vasodilatation mechanisms in the microvasculature
Coral Murrant, University of Guelph
Vasodilator heterogeneity and phenotypes: impact on O2  delivery
Michael Tschakovsky, Queens University
Sympathetic control of the circulation during exercise: training
Darren Delorey, University of Alberta
Modeling of microvascular control
Chris Ellis, Western University
Exercise and Angiogenesis
Tara Haas, York University
Interactive Discussion
Break

Morning Session II

Cardiorespiratory Function

Chair Robert Boushel, University of British Columbia
Transpulmonary thermodilution: central and regional circulations
Jose Calbet, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Respiratory Mechanics: consequences and sex differences
Bill Sheel, University of British Columbia
Pulmonary gas exchange and acid-base balance
Mike Stickland, University of Alberta
Exercise Hyperpnea
Jerome Dempsey, University of Wisconsin
Interactive Discussion
Break

Afternoon Session

Student Research Presentations / Discussion Groups
Chairs Canadian/International Faculty
Student Working Groups with Faculty

Sunset Seminar

National Exercise Promotion Initiatives
Chair Bente Klarlund-Pedersen, Centre for Physical Activity & Health, Rigshospitalet,  Copenhagen,  Denmark
Canadian Institutes for Health Research
TBA
CSEP inititiatives
Mary Duggan, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

Day 4

Exercise and Brain Health / Clinical Populations

Morning Session I

Exercise and Brain Health

Chairs Michael Joyner, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Jerome Dempsey, University of Wisconsin
Cortical pathways and cardiovascular control during exercise
Kevin Shoemaker, Western University
Regulation of brain blood flow during exercise
Patrice Brassard, Laval University
Influence of oxygen on cerebral blood flow regulation
Phillip Ainslie, University of British Columbia
Neuroprotective effects of exercise in health and disease
Kevin Shoemaker, Western University
Interactive Discussion
Break

Morning Session I

Clinical Populations

Chairs Michael Joyner, Mayo Clinic
Bente Klarlund-Pedersen, Centre for Physical Activity & Health, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
Bioenergetics in obesity and diabetes
Mary Ellen Harper, University of Ottawa
Pregnancy, the placenta and exercise: roles in obesity
Kristi Adamo, University of Ottawa
Exercise and Frailty
Jennifer Jakobi, University of British Columbia
Interactive Discussion
Break

Afternoon Session

Round Table Debate: How much exercise, what type of training for who?

Chairs Hans Christer Holmberg, Swedish Winter Olympic Training Centre
Hans Søndergaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
Students/Faculty Integrative Discussion
Student Research Awards
Terry Graham, University of Guelph
Phil Gardiner, University of Manitoba
Henriette Pilegaard, University of Copenhagen
Closing
Robert Boushel, University of British Columbia

 

CSEP Annual Meeting, Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 14 (evening start), 2015

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