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Entries for May 2014

Huffines Affiliate Spotlight: Dr. David Ferguson's recent publication!

Regular physical activity prevents cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type II diabetes. When objectively measured, ~3.5% of adults meet the recommended daily physical activity guidelines. Data have shown that physical activity levels are influenced by genetic mechanisms; however, the identity of the genetic mechanisms involved remains unclear despite efforts to determine genomic variance and transcripts associated with activity levels.

Huffines Affiliate Dr. David Ferguson recently published an article in the Journal of Applied Physiology titled "Differential skeletal muscle proteome of high- and low-active mice." This publication focuses on identifying proteomic differences between high- and low-active mice in slow- and fast-twitch skeletal muscle, followed by causal determination of the role of strong candidate proteins in regulating physical activity.

Click here for more information about Dr. David Ferguson and the Children's Nutritional Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine. You can also read more about Huffines Affiliate co-authors Emily Schmitt, Heather Vellers, and Dr. Tim Lightfoot at the Huffines Institute website.

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio “Part 3: Podcast with Coach Pat Henry”

For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute and to listen to the full podcast with Coach Pat Henry, check out the link listed below.

Huffines Institute Podcast with Coach Pat Henry

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Huffines Affiliate Spotlight: Dr. Ranjana Mehta's recent publication!

Muscle fatigue is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon and is most commonly defined as the inability to maintain a required force level after prolonged used of the muscle. The contributors to voluntary fatigue, henceforth referred to simply as fatigue, may be either peripheral or central, or both. Isolating the muscle or the brain in separate investigations can offer only a partial understanding of the mechanisms underlying the development of fatigue.

Huffines Affiliate and Director of the NeuroErgonomics Lab, Dr. Ranjana Mehta recently published an article in Human Factors titled "Effects of Mental Fatigue on the Development of Physical Fatigue: A Neuroergonomic Approach." This article examines the interaction of physical and mental fatigue and compares the changes in neural patterns with traditional indicators of muscle fatigue, such as muscle activity and joint steadiness.

Click here for more information about Dr. Ranjana Mehta and the NeuroErgonomics Laboratory housed within the Texas A&M Ergonomics Center.

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio “Part 2: Podcast with Coach Pat Henry”

For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute and to listen to the full podcast with Coach Pat Henry, check out the link listed below.

Huffines Institute Podcast with Coach Pat Henry

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Huffines Affiliate Spotlight: Dr. David Ferguson's recent publication!
Vivo-morpholinos are a promising tool for gene silencing. These oligonucleotide analogs transiently silence genes by blocking either translation or pre-mRNA splicing. Little to no toxicity has been reported for vivo-morpholino treatment. Huffines Affiliate, Dr. David Ferguson, recently published in BioTechniques. His publication titled "Lessons learned from vivo-morpholinos: How to avoid vivo-morpholino toxicity." explains studies conducted in their lab where treatment of mice with vivo-morpholinos resulted in high mortality rates. The paper investigates the mechanism by which some vivo-morpholinos increase mortality rates and proposes techniques to alleviate vivo-morpholino toxicity.

Click here for more information about Dr. David Ferguson and the Children's Nutritional Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine.

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio “Part 1: Podcast with Coach Pat Henry”

For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute and to listen to the full podcast with Coach Pat Henry, check out the link listed below.

Huffines Institute Podcast with Coach Pat Henry

Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute Broadcast by TexAgs SportsRadio “Ronaldo's Soccer Play”
For more information about this week’s Human Performance Minute, check out the links listed below. Be sure to check out future weekly Huffines Institute Human Performance Minute broadcasts at TexAgs SportsRadio (The Zone 1150 AM) every Wednesday morning at 10:45am. If you missed it you can listen to it here!

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Heather Vellers- Outstanding Graduate Student for PEAP
Congratulations to Huffines Institute doctoral student, Heather Vellers, for being awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student for the Physical Education Activity Program at Texas A&M University!!

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It's Podcast Friday! with A&M Assoc AD for Football Justin Moore!

Much of the sports media is focusing on next week's NFL draft - who will be drafted when and why. To salute the upcoming draft (and the three potential first-round picks from A&M), we have in the podcast Mr. Justin Moore who is the Associate Athletic Director for Football here at A&M.  In the podcast, we talk about football, but from a different angle than most people expect.  We think you'll enjoy hearing about how a big-time college football program is run... Enjoy!  LISTEN NOW!



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The request for applications for the 2014-2015 Huffines Faculty Research Grant program is now available on the website.  These Grants are availab...

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