Dr. Wendy Kohrt - 2012 Huffines Discussion Scholar

Dr. Wendy Kohry, Ph.D., FACSM

Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado

"Got Strength? Building Stronger Bones through Exercise"

Dr. Wendy Kohrt is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is the Director of Research for Geriatric Medicine and the Director of the IMAGE research group (Investigations in Metabolism, Aging, Gender, and Exercise). Dr. Kohrt’s research focuses on age-related changes in metabolism, sex steroids, and body composition, and on novel factors that influence musculoskeletal health and physical function in aging. Dr. Kohrt has been continuously funded by the NIH as a principal investigator for 20 years and has more than 140 original and solicited research publications. She is currently the principal investigator for two NIH R01 research awards and a co-investigator for six other NIH awards.

Dr. Kohrt served on the Federal Advisory Committee that prepared the evidence report for the first Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which were launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in October 2008. Dr. Kohrt is currently serving as co-chair of the Steering Committee assembled by the National Research Council to conduct the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, which will recommend research to support space exploration in the 2010 to 2020 decade. Dr. Kohrt has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, received a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine, and was recently selected to deliver the keynote Wolfe Lecture at the 2012 American College of Sports Medicine national meeting.