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Faculty and Students Attend Society for Neuroscience Conference

Several faculty and KIP students attended the 2015 Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago last week.

Dr. Tejin Yoon and graduate student Andrea Lee were among the group that attended.  Andrea presented on “Muscle Fatigability from Repeated Lengthening Contractions in Young Men and Women”.

Dr. Kevin Trewartha presented a research project aimed at elucidating the role of working memory resources, supported by dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC), in motor learning. This research used a sensorimotor adaptation task in which participants learned to adapt to mechanical perturbations imposed by a robotic device. To test whether dlPFC contributes to our ability to learn this novel skill I used a “virtual lesion” method called continuous theta-burst stimulation which temporarily disrupts targeted brain areas prior to performance of the task. The results demonstrated that learning was impaired following dlPFC stimulation, indicating that working memory resources are important during the acquisition of novel motor skills.

The conference brings together scientists and clinicians from all over the world, and from a broad range of disciplines, who are generally interested in the function of the nervous system. As such, the conference was an excellent opportunity to present these findings to the neuroscience community and receive feedback from other experts in the field.

Students Selected for Research Internship Program

Congratulations to the following undergraduate students for being selected to participate in the Undergraduate Research Internship Program. This program is supported by the Portage Health Foundation and Pavlis Honors College. Briefly, the program consists of a 20-week research internship (October – March) as well as professional development activities centered in academic research and scholarship.

Claire Eischer – Exercise Science (Dr. Yoon’s Lab)
Tessa Sprague – Exercise Science (Dr. Trewartha’s Lab)
Ashley VanSumeren – Exercise Science (Dr. Elmer’s Lab)
Olivia Ingram – Biology (Dr. Trewartha’s Lab)

This a great achievement and we are excited for these students!

New Publications

PhD Candidate Ida Fonkoue and Dr. Jason C​arter recently published a paper titled “Sympathetic Neural Reactivity to Mental Stress in Humans: Test-Retest Reproducibility” in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology.

The present study is the first to examine the reproducibility of MSNA (muscle sympathetic nerve activity) responsiveness to mental stress.  Our finding of reporducible MSNA reactivity to mental stress is an important step in providing a foundation for future research that might elucidate whether MSNA reactivity might have similar, or perhaps even superior, predictive value for hypertention compared with the CVR (cardiovascular reactivity) hypothesis.

To read the full abstract, follow this link:

KIP Offering Spring Courses in Exercise Pharmacology and Physical Therapy

Exercise Pharmacology  (EH 4990-01)
This course will bridge between basic sciences and human health.  The course focuses on understanding the 1) fundamental concept of exercise pharmacology and 2) pharmacological treatment of diseases of various systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, neuronal, hormonal and renal systems.

Credits: 2.0
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): BL2020 and BL2021 

Exercise Pharmacology_EH 4990

Exercise Pharmacology_EH 4990


Physical Therapy Seminar (EH 4700)
Seminar for students who are interested in physical therapy profession. Course will include self-directed learning and group work. Topics may include evidence based medicine, literature review writing and evaluation, healthcare reimbursement, clincal decision making, health screenings, and other current topics. 

Credits: 1.0 
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring – Offered alternate years beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year 
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore 
Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and BL 2021

Physical Therapy Seminar_EH 4700

Physical Therapy Seminar_EH 4700


KIP Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI) Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students for receiving research awards at the 1st Annual Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI) Research Forum:

Robert Larson (Dr. Qinghui Chen’s Lab) – Graduate Student LSTI Merit Award
Dakota Anderson (Dr. Steven Elmer’s Lab) – Undergraduate Student LSTI Merit Award

KIP laboratories  had students from all levels, undergraduate, MS, DPT, and PhD presenting their research.  We commend all of you for your hard work and dedication.

9.28.15-LSTI Merit Awards

Council on Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2015

Dr. Jason Carter and Dr. Qinghui Chen from Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP) along with two KIP/Biological Science PhD students, Ida Fonkoue and Robert Larson, attended the Council on Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. last week.

PhD student Ida Fonkoue served as co-chair on a Neurogenic Mechanisms oral session and gave an oral presentation on the following paper:

Abstract Title:
Family History of Hypertension and Sympathetic Neural Reactivity to Mental Stress in Humans
Ida T. Fonkoue, Min Wang, Jason R. Carter PhD student

PhD student Robert Larson gave an oral presentation on the following paper:

Abstract Title: High Salt Intake Augments Excitability of Pre-Sympathetic PVN Neurons through Dysfunction of the Endoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+ ATPase

Robert A. Larson, Andrew D. Chapp, Michael J. Huber, Zixi Cheng, Zhiying Shan, Qing-Hui Chen

. Ida.Hypertension Larson & Chen

Win by Losing Wellness Challenge

Have you been trying to get healthier and lose weight? SWEAT and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in Win by Losing, a free, fun and healthy challenge that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals.

Register to be part of Michigan Tech’s team beginning today. The official competition runs from Sept. 21 through Nov. 20. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also have access to a toolkit to help you meet your goals. Register by visiting the SWEAT website and clicking on the “Win by Losing” links.

From Tech Today, by Employee Wellness.

Jason Carter Publishes in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance

Aerospace Medicine and Human PerformanceJohn Durocher (Bio Sci), Jason Carter (KIP), William Cooke (University of Texas at San Antonio), Angelea Young (Bio Sci/KIP) and Morton Harwood (Bio Sci) published the paper “Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity During Combined Lower Body Negative Pressure and Cognitive Stress,” in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, Volume 86, Number 8, August 2015, pp. 688-692.


From Tech Today.

Jason Carter Interviewed on Michigan Tech – Portage Health Foundation Partnership

Jason Carter - Community Health Partnership
Jason Carter – Community Health Partnership Interview

Two powerhouses in the Keweenaw…Michigan Technological University and the Portage Health Foundation…are teaming up for a healthier community. The foundation will invest $2.5 million over five years with Michigan Tech investing about twice as much to enhance health and medical programs at the university. Money will also go toward education in the form of scholarships in health–related fields. These investments will lead to advancements in local community health.

MTU’s Associate Dean of the College of Science & Arts Jason Carter said, “We deliver education in health that is applicable to medical school, to PT school, to industry and a lot of people just don’t know what we offer here and so this is really going to bring some of that to the forefront.”

Read more and watch the video at ABC 10 News, by Rick Allen.

PHFoundation and MTU Announce Health Partnership

[Hancock, MI] The Portage Health Foundation and Michigan Technological University announced earlier this morning that the two organizations have entered into a community health partnership. The partnership combines both organizations’ missions, existing strengths and financial resources to create a collaboration focused on improving the health of the community.

Read more at the Portage Health Foundation.

4th Annual Amazing Challenge a Success

This past weekend 20 teams, with 84 participants ranging in age from 5 to 60+, participated in the fourth Annual HuskyPAW/SWEAT Amazing Challenge!

Teams completed a variety of challenges, which included being tied together, paddle boarding without a paddle and singing the Michigan Tech fight song with Blizzard, all while working through clues including Morse code, math problems and riddles.

Read more at Tech Today, by HuskyPAW & SWEAT/Employee Wellness.