Research Highlights from 2019 ACSM Annual Meeting: Exercise, Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

Newswise — This year’s ACSM Basic Science World Congress focuses on biological and physiological mechanisms of exercise, circadian rhythm and sleep. Chaired by Karyn Esser, Ph.D., FACSM, from the University of Florida, this world congress brings together leading researchers to present and discuss cutting-edge science in this rapidly developing field. Circadian rhythms regulate several bodily functions such as behavior, hormone levels, body temperature, sleep and metabolism. Most individuals have likely experienced a temporary misalignment between their internal clock and the environment, resulting in “jet lag.” However, chronic mismatches between internal clocks and lifestyles are associated with increased risk for various diseases. Could those mismatches also negatively affect exercise and sport performance? Find out during ACSM's Basic Science World Congress on Exercise, Circadian Rhythms and Sleep – May 28-June 1 in Orlando, Florida.

Here is a selection of the research that will be presented by leading experts in Orlando:

  • Circadian Clock Genes and their Implications for Metabolism and Health – Joseph S. Takahashi, Ph.D., from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center will present this keynote address for the World Congress on Basic Science. Dr. Takahashi pioneered the use of forward genetics and positional cloning in the mouse as a tool for discovery of genes underlying neurobiology and behavior. His lab was the first to discover the mammalian clock genes, and, importantly, he also discovered that we are a body of clocks with the molecular clock mechanism active in virtually all cells.

  • Circadian and Sleep Science for Health and Athletic Performance – Kenneth Wright, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

  • The Dynamic Relationships of Physical Activity and Sleep Quality with Cognitive Health – Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Ph.D., P.T., University of British Columbia; Peter A. Hall, Ph.D., University of Waterloo; J. Carson Smith, Ph.D., FACSM, University of Maryland; Kirk I. Erickson, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Ryan S. Falck, University of British Columbia

  • Jet Lag and Major League Baseball – Ravi Allada, M.D., Northwestern University

  • Clocks, Insufficient Sleep and Muscle – Kenneth Wright, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder; Jonathan Cedernaes, M.D., Ph.D., Northwestern University; Josiane L. Broussard, Ph.D., Colorado State University; David Bishop, Ph.D., FACSM, Victoria University; Allison Brager, Ph.D., Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

  • It’s about Time: Timing of Exercise and Nutrition to Influence Circadian Biology – Jonathan Little, Ph.D., FACSM, University of British Columbia, Okanagan; Evelyn B. Parr, Ph.D., Australian Catholic University; Jill A. Kanaley, Ph.D., FACSM, University of Missouri

  • Circadian and Sleep Behavior in Adolescents

View the complete schedule for ACSM's World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise, Circadian Rhythms and Sleep or contact Lisa Ramage to connect with presenters.