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MoTrPAC Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium

University of Texas Adult Clinical Center (UTACC)

May 15, 2017 Preview Day Agenda

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) have created the University of Texas Adult Clinical Center (UTACC) for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC).

The primary aim of MoTrPAC is to 'extensively catalogue the biological molecules affected by physical activity in people, identify some of the key molecules that underlie the systemic effects of physical activity, and characterize the function of these key molecules. This molecular map will help us understand how physical activity translates into better health'. The consortium is composed of 6 adult clinical sites, 1 pediatric clinical center, 1 consortium coordinating center, 1 bioinformatics center, 3 preclinical animal study sites , and 7 chemical analysis sites.

UTACC is one of the Adult Clinical Sites and will be responsible for: 1) conducting exercise training trials in 450 participants in both acute and chronic exercise training studies; 2) perform physiological assessments; 3) collect biospecimens (muscle, adipose, and blood) before and after acute and chronic exercise training; and 4) analyzing and interpreting outcome data and dissemination of findings to the scientific community.

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More information about participating in the exercise training trial will be posted soon.

List of All Consortium Members

Key Personnel

UTMB UTHSCSA and UTSA
Principal Investigator
Blake B. Rasmussen, PhD
Principal Investigator
Nicolas Musi, MD
Recruitment and Retention Core Co-Leader
Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
Recruitment and Retention Core Co-Leader
Sara Espinoza, MD, MSc
Clinical Research Core Co-Leader
Doug Paddon-Jones, PhD
Clinical Research Core Co-Leader
Donovan Fogt, PhD
Biorepository Core Co-Leader
Christopher S. Fry, PhD
Biospecimen Management Core Co-Leader
Robin Leach, PhD
Biostatistics Core Co-Leader
Heidi Spratt, PhD
Biostatistics and Data Management Core Co-Leader
Jonathan Gelfond, MD, PhD
  Co-Investigator
Darpan Patel, PhD
Co-Investigator
Douglas Cromack, MD, PhD