Pennington granted $5.3 million to study benefits of more or less exercise
Posted on 12/16/2016 3:37:00 AM.

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center receives a 5.3 million dollar grant to study why some people benefit more or less from exercise.

Associate executive director of clinical research and study investigator Dr. Eric Ravussin says everyone knows exercise improves health, but they hope to determine which activity is the most effective on certain people and why.

“What we’re going to do in this study is to collect bio-samples, blood, saliva, urine but also pieces of muscle to really look at the molecular changes.”

The award is from the National Institutes of Health and Pennington is one of six clinical centers around the country that will recruit healthy, inactive adults to participate in this exercise study. Ravussin says they hope their efforts will help people reap the maximum benefits from physical activity.

“To a given person, the right formula of exercise to get the most benefits in terms of health.”

For more information on the study, visit Pennington’s website. Ravussin hopes the research will help scientists understand how proteins, lipids and other molecules change during and after exercise and to develop personalized exercise recommendations.

“I think we all know that there are health benefits to exercise but we don’t know exactly what are the mechanisms of that.”

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU, Eric Ravussin

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