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Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is the lead author of an article published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer. The article is titled, "Signs of Early Sub-Clinical Atherosclerosis in Childhood Cancer Survivors," and it examined arterial blood vessel function in 319 childhood cancer survivors and 208 sibling controls. The results of this study demonstrated that early in life, childhood cancer survivors have changes in their arterial blood vessels that indicate an increased risk for premature atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

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Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP) [pictured above], and Tyler Bosch, doctoral candidate [pictured below] are recipients of the Scientific Manuscript Excellence Honor: Gary A. Dudley Memorial Paper for their article "Body Composition and Bone Mineral Density of National Football League Players." Their research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, examined the body composition of National Football League (NFL) players before the start of their regular season. The findings are a template for future studies examining fat, lean, and bone mass in NFL players.


The Gary A. Dudley Memorial Paper is one of the highest honors the National Strength and Conditioning Association gives for scholarship and is named after one of the pioneers in modern exercise physiology research.

ACH.jpg Dr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab (PAEL), and Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), are co-investigators of a recently funded Academic Health Center Seed Grant titled, "Effect of a Home-based Fitness Intervention on Cardiometabolic Risk Profile in Pediatric Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)." This seed grant is a pilot feasibility study to collect preliminary data for a large-scale exergaming intervention in children undergoing maintenance therapy for ALL.

Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES), recently received a nearly $200,000 grant from PepsiCo to study the bioavailability and healthy benefits of oat avenanthramides (AVA), a phytoalexins that exist predominantly in the hulled kernels of oat seeds. Phytoalexins are any of various antimicrobial chemical substances produced by plants to combat infection by a pathogen.

The research involves testing participants' ability to utilize AVA from dietary oat consumption to decrease systemic inflammation and muscle damage due to exercise as well as to increase antioxidant function and mental health indicators.

MarlattK-2013.jpgKara Marlatt, a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology, is the lead author of an article published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Marlatt is a co-author with her adviser, Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP).

The full citation is: Marlatt KL, Steinberger J, Dengel DR, Sinaiko A, Moran A, Chow LS, Steffen LM, Zhou X, Kelly AS: Impact of pubertal development on endothelial function and arterial elasticity. The Journal of Pediatrics 2013,163(5):1432-1436.

A group of students from Minneapolis Southwest and Minnetonka High School, who are part of their school's exercise science courses, came to visit two of the School of Kinesiology's research facilities on December 11. Students went to the Center for Clinical Movement Lab and the Human and Sport Performance Lab to get first-hand experiences and connect what they are learning in class with what occurs in the laboratories. Students then had the chance to take part in testing and research while asking questions and interacting with the researchers.

Ostrem_Joseph_CEHD.pngJoe Ostrem, doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology, is the lead author of an article to be published in Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging. The article, "Comparison of baseline brachial artery measurements and effect on peak flow-mediated dilation," examined the effect of alternate baseline measures of the brachial artery on measures of flow mediated dilation in 418 children and 533 adults.

Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is a co-author of an article to be published in the journal of Clinical Obesity.

The article is titled, "The Relative Contributions of the Abdominal Visceral and Subcutaneous Fat Depots to Cardiometabolic Risk in Youth." The research examined the effects of abdominal fat in children on the development of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors.

Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES), presented an invited keynote at the annual Chinese Physiological Society conference held in Guangzhou on November 8, 2013. The title of his lecture was "Physiological and pathological response of skeletal muscle to contraction and immobilization."

Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), participated in an International Cardiovascular Seminar at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. The seminar gave a global perspective on the future of physical education programs in the school systems. Experts from around the world spoke on the status of physical education. Dr. Dengel's talk was titled, "Physical Education Trends in the United States."

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