A 5-year (2022-2027), $3 million R01 grant funded by the NIH was awarded to Drs. Sandra Hunter and Christopher Sundberg. Their grant titled "Mechanisms of Fatigability and the Protective Effects of Exercise in People with Diabetes" aims to determine whether the greater fatigability of people with diabetes performing dynamic contractions is due to impaired vascular function leading to an increased accumulation of fatiguing metabolites. Additionally, a clinical trial will be conducted testing the effectiveness of coupling resistance exercise with blood flow restriction of the limb to improve muscle power and fatigability in people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Undergraduate Researcher Receives AHPRC Student Fellowship
Isabell Dobrzycki, an undergraduate research assistant in the Sundberg & Fitts labs, received a $1,500 research fellowship from Marquette University's Athletic and Human Performance Research Center. The Student Research Initiative is a one year fellowship, and aims to "generate interest in human performance and health-related disciplines, inspire students to address pressing contemporary societal health-related problems through research, and provide students with an immersive and meaningful experience focused in the development of research skills". Congratulations Isabell!!
Marquette University - 2020 R01 Challenge Award Winner
Drs. Sandra Hunter, Christopher Sundberg, and Robert Fitts received a $30,000 R01 Challenge Award from Marquette University for submitting a R01 grant application to the NIH and receiving a high score. The goal of this award is to catalyze the preparation and submission of competitive R01 grant applications, to increase the number of NIH applications, and to increase the number of R01 awards to Marquette faculty.
Publication Chosen as Editor's Choice Article
The Journal of Physiology selected a paper from our lab as Editor's Choice for October 2019. Bioenergetic basis for the increased fatigability with ageing by Sundberg et al. 2019 aimed to determine whether the increased fatigability in older adults is due to a greater accumulation of metabolites (inorganic phosphate, hydrogen, and diprotonated phosphate). See other Editor's Choice picks here.
Christopher Sundberg named 2018 Early Investigator Prize Winner
Christopher Sundberg was named a winner of the Early Investigator Prize by The Journal of Physiology for his publication Effects of elevated H+ and Pi on the contractile mechanics of skeletal muscle fibres from young and old men: implications for muscle fatigue in humans in the category of Exercise and Muscle. See other winners here. This publication was also highlighted by Perspectives and Journal Club articles.
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