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MoTrPAC Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium

University of Texas Adult Clinical Center (UTACC)

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

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
Darpan Patel, PhD
Douglas Cromack, MD, PhD

News & Announcements

UTACC-MoTrPAC Preview Day 2017

 Rehab Sciences  05/16/17

The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, a research initiative of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism at UTMB hosted visitors from the University of Texas, San Antonio on May 15th, 2017.

Principal Investigator Blake Rasmussen, PhD, gave a presentation about the the University of Texas Adult Clinical Center (UTACC) for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) and visitors toured the lab facilities in the School of Health Professions at UTMB.

Download agenda and view photos of the event.