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mccue-150[1].jpg Ph.D student in the School of Kinesiology, Meghan McCue, was the lead author in an article published in The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. McCue, along with co-authors Ph.D student Kara Marlatt and associate professor of kinesiology, Don Dengel, Ph.D., tracked food intake, amount of exercise, and weight in youth during their summer break to identify differences from the academic year. The article was titled, "Examination of Changes in Youth Diet and Phsyical Activity Over the Summer Vacation Period," and was published in the January 2013 issue.

Donald Dengel, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology, will serve as the faculty advisor on a four-year, $600,000 grant housed in the Institute of Community Integration. The grant, Partnership in Wellness: A Training Curriculum for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, focuses on adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who require ongoing daily supports, have limited readings skills, and would benefit from learning about improved nutrition and activity. The project is delivering a research-based, universally-designed, health promotion curriculum that addresses the unique learning needs of this population.

Pat Salmi, Ph.D., is the co-Principal Investigator of the grant.

Kara Marlatt, a third-year doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology, is the lead author of a recently-accepted manuscript written with her advisor, Donald Dengel, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology, and kinesiology doctoral alumnus Aaron Kelly, Ph.D.

The manucript, which is in press in the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, is titled, "The influence of gender on carotid artery compliance and distensibility in children and adults."

DengelD-2005.jpgNFL Charities awarded the University of Minnesota a $100,000 medical research grant Tuesday, with two-thirds of the funds focused on investigating the effects of concussions. The university was one of 15 organizations awarded an NFL grant.

Dr. Donald Dengel, Kinesiology associate professor of exercise physiology, will be leading the research team. He was interviewed by KARE 11 and the St. Paul Pioneer Press to discuss the recent financial contribution.

"The University always has a positive reaction to grants, but the NFL grant has a little mystique to it, " Dengel said.

Dengel explained that the study will focus on MRI techniques used to detect concussions to get a better understanding about how people's brains are affected by concussions. According to Dengel, currently an MRI works like a camera; his team want to make it work like a video camera to study blood vessels in the brain.

"We've spent three years researching our technique, and it's exciting that they have the same philosophy and think our ideas could work," Dengel said.

Learn more about this exciting study here.

DengelD-2005.jpgDr. Donald Dengel, Kinesiology associate professor of exercise physiology, has recently published an article in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health with a former honors student and current doctoral student Kara Marlatt.

Christopher Reiff, Kinesiology B.S. honors student who graduated summa cum laude in 2010, is the lead author. Kara Marlatt is a third-year doctoral student and advisee of Dr. Dengel.

The article citation is as follows:

Reiff CJ, Marlatt KL, Dengel DR: "Difference in caloric expenditure in sitting versus standing desks." Journal of Physical Activity and Health 9, 1009-1011.

Donald DengelResearchers at the University of Minnesota's School of Kinesiology have been awarded a $100,000 medical research grant by NFL Charities.

Led by associate professor Donald Dengel, Ph.D., a team at the U of M, will study the effects of multiple sports-related concussions on neurocognition and cerebral vascular function.

"We have developed a new ability for an MRI to show us how blood vessels in the brain are functioning in individuals who have suffered multiple sports-related concussions," said Dengel. "Understanding the function level of the blood vessels allows us to correlate that to cognitive function. This grant is a stepping stone to move this research to the next level."

Those who have suffered multiple concussions often complain of having trouble concentrating during work or have trouble reading. While these individuals don't show signs of structural damage, the concussions may actually affect the performance of the blood vessels in the brain, thereby altering the brain's cognitive function abilities.

This is the first study conducted by U of M researchers that has been awarded a grant by NFL Charities.

This grant is among 15 given out by NFL Charities this year to support sports-related medical research, totaling more than $1.5 million. Of those funds, more than $950,000 is dedicated to concussion prevention and treatment.

"We are proud to support sports-related medical research through NFL Charities Medical Research Grants," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, president of the NFL Charities Board. "These research projects have implications far beyond football, and we are committed to playing a role in helping make sports safer."

NFL Charities has actively solicited and placed emphasis on research proposals focused on areas including concussion/traumatic brain injury research and cardiovascular research. Three separate NFL Charities Medical Grant review committees evaluated the 2011 grant proposals based on each committee's area of expertise. Recommendations were submitted to the NFL Charities Board of Directors for approval.

TechniquesAugust2012DE-1x.jpgRebecca Gusmer, Kinesiology undergraduate studying Clinical Movement Science, recently had an article published in Techniques for Track & Field and Cross Country as lead author. She was also featured on the cover (photo: Gusmer, 342).

Dr. Donald Dengel, Kinesiology associate professor of exercise science, is currently working with Gusmer on a UROP grant. "Rebecca did the majority of work on the article, with some editing and writing support from me. She is just a wonderful individual. She represents the very best of student athletes, and I'm very proud of her," he said.

The article citation is as follows:

Gusmer RJ, Dengel DR. "Iron: The missing nutritional link to performance." Techniques for Track & Field and Cross Country, 6(1):8-16, 2012.

DengelD-2005.jpgAuthors Meghan McCue, Kara Marlatt, J. Sirard, and Kinesiology associate professor of exercise physiology, Dr. Donald Dengel, recently had a manuscript accepted for publication.

Their contribution, "Examination of changes in youth diet and physical activity over the summer vacation period," is to be published in the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.

Graduate students Meghan McCue and Kara Marlatt are currently advisees of Dr. Donald Dengel.

DengelD-2005.jpgDr. Don Dengel has had two articles accepted for publication with lead author Danielle Templeton, his PhD advisee who completed her doctorate in 2010:

Templeton DL, John R, Painter P, Kelly AS, Dengel DR: Effects of the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) on the Compliance and Distensibility of the Carotid Artery. Heart and Vessels (in press).

Templeton DL, Mosser KHH, Chen J, Stone MD, John R, Dengel DR, Thompson LV: Effects of Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) placement on myocardial oxidative stress markers. Heart, Lung & Circulation (in press).

Dr. Dengel's other summer activities included attending the Pediatric Exercise Data Harmonization Project meeting at the University of California-Irvine on July 12. This NIH-sponsored committee is developing a national registry for pediatric exercise data and consists of experts from the United States, Canada and Europe.

DengelD-2005.jpgCongratulations to Dr. Don Dengel, associate professor of exercise physiology, who has been elected to the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Pediatric Medicine. He will serve a four-year term.

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