Speaker: Heather Smith, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Exercise Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Heather Smith is an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology in the Department of Exercise Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research is about the muscles that move us. It spans from the basic biology of the regulation of skeletal muscle mass to the structural and functional changes within the human body that occur with habitual physical exercise or a lack thereof. The eventual aim of her research is to specify, justify and evaluate interventions to ensure sufficient muscle mass and function for movement and metabolic health.
In this talk, Prof Smith will share some of the work from her laboratory and with collaborators addressing the physiology of healthy human muscle: How it performs, senses and responds to high intensity power resistance exercise to recover and adapt to improve function. In focus are genes and their proteins within the muscle sarcomere, known to have mechanical stress-sensing and/or gene regulatory roles in the heart and under pathological conditions, in the context of their putative roles in the responses to power resistance exercise and the subsequent remodelling of healthy human muscle that leads to improved function.