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This Friday, November 11th, from 1:00-4:00 pm the Sydney and JL Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance will host the Huffines Discussion 6 in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University. The annual Huffines Discussion brings together eight leaders in the field of sports medicine and human performance from around the nation to share their research and expertise. Each speaker is given 15 minutes, with topics ranging from professional sports and exercise science to obesity and public health. The event will be broadcast to over 30 satellite sites across the country. Admission is free and open to the public. Doors open at 12:30 pm! This year's speakers include:

  • Dr. Bill Dexter - Tufts University School of Medicine: Dr. Dexter is a former President of the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently works as a Professor of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, and serves as Team Physician at the collegiate, high school and NBA-D levels. Dr. Dexter is active in sports medicine research and education, and will be discussing "PEDs: Not Just a Problem in Elite Athletes".
  • Dr Sue Bodine - University of California, Davis: Dr. Bodine is a Neuromuscular Phsiologist whose general field of study is Skeletal Muscle Plasticity. Her long-term research objective is to identify and develop therapies for the treatment of muscle atrophy under a variety of conditions. She will be discussing "Skeletal Muscle and the Key to a Healthy Life".
  • Dr. Russell Pate - University of South Carolina: Dr. Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in physical activity and physical fitness in children and the health implications of physical activity. He has held several administrative positions in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at USC. Dr. Pate will be presenting on the topic of "Physical Activity - The Red-Headed Step Child of Public Health"
  • Dr. James Hill - University of Colorado: Dr. Hill is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and the Founding Executive Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado. He is also Director of the NIH-Funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and will be speaking about "Why Aren't We Making Progress in Promoting Healthy Living?".
  • Dr. John Jakicic - University of Pittsburg: Dr. Jakicic is a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Health and Physical Activity, and is also the Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburg. His has been at the forefront of applying technology to physical activity interventions, and will be speaking about "Making the 'Move' to Health and Well-Being".
  • Ms. Chisa Yamaguchi - DIAVOLO|Architecture in Motion: Ms. Yamaguchi has worked extensively in the administrative and performing aspects of the DIAVOLO|Architecture in Motion Institute. She is a regularly featured lecturer with Athletes and the Arts, advocating for healthcare reform and education for creative and artists. She will be discussing "Playing Everywhere: Healing Where We Hurt".
  • Dr. Peter Wagner - University of California, San Diego: Dr. Wagner is Emeritus Professor of Medicine & Bioengineering at UCSD and currently serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Physiology. His research addresses the theoretical and experimental basis of oxygen transport and its limitations in the lungs and skeletal muscles in health and disease. His topic of discussion is "The Long Debate About VO2 Max - Does the Limit Come from the Heart or the Periphery?".
  • Mr. Jerrod Johnson - All-Pro Quarterback, Texas A&M and NFL: Mr. Johnson is a former Aggie starting quarterback, breaking several Big 12 and Texas A&M records during his time. He graduated with a degree in Physical Education and went on to play for several NFL teams including the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Mr. Johnson will be talking about "Sports Medicine from an Athlete's Perspective".


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