RESEARCH SEMINAR: Prof. Lisa Chasan-Taber, 12.45pm, 4th May 2016

Prof. Lisa Chasan-Taber Sc.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA will present her seminar “Exercise During and after Pregnancy-Opportunities and Challenges to Prevent Health Complications in Mothers and their Babies” on Wednesday, 4th May 2016 at 12.45pm – 2:00pm in PESS Building P1007

Tea/Coffee & Light Lunch @12.45-1.00

RSVP by 28th April to: Rhoda.Sohun@ul.ie
(For catering purposes)


The department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences and the Health Research Institute (HRI) will host a research seminar by Prof. Lisa Chasan Taber (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) on “Exercise Interventions in High Risk Pregnant and Postpartum Women: Opportunities and Challenges”.  Prof.  Chasan-Taber has been continually funded as a principal investigator of National Institutes of Health Research Awards and has been recognized for her research through the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed to faculty by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is currently principal investigator on over $5 million of NIH grants (on health in pregnant Hispanic women), and has previously been principal investigator on two other multi-million grants, as well as a multitude of smaller grants. She is author of “Writing Dissertation and Grant Proposals: Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics”. 

Research Seminar Description
As the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise worldwide, it is increasingly important to implement strategies to prevent diabetes onset. Exposures during pregnancy have profound long-term implications for the health of the next generation.  In this seminar, Prof. Chasan-Taber will present the current state of science on the design, implementation, and impact of such lifestyle interventions on disease risks among mothers and their babies. Such healthy lifestyle modifications in pregnancy are extremely promising in their potential to protect both women and their babies against both short-term (high gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes) and long-term (metabolic syndrome, obesity, sedentary behavior, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease) health complications. Prof. Chasan-Taber has led an interdisciplinary research team in the conduct of behavioral interventions among high risk, ethnically diverse pregnant women.  In addition, Prof. Chasan-Taber will integrate how she funded her research into the presentation.

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