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Gazing into the Future of Sports Medicine and Performance: Pioneering a Pathway for Precision Training and Care

Adam Kiefer
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Research Education, Division of Sports Medicine

In January 2015, former president Barack Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative to chart a new, federally-funded course for medical research. This approach, grounded in panomic technologies (e.g., genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) to profile and target complex disease states, capitalized on the momentum of genomic science to inform precise treatments tailored to each patient or group. While this initiative has continued to build momentum in the molecular and pharmacological sciences, for a variety of reasons these approaches have not yet proven viable for sports injury recovery or performance enhancement. My research is focused on the expansion of these concepts into sports medicine to develop a new approach to athlete training and care. This approach leverages specific concepts from precision medicine, while drawing inspiration from the fields of evolutionary biology and complexity science, to build an innovative computational behavior-based precision framework for sport. Through a series of studies, I will demonstrate why quantifying perceptual-motor performance is foundational to this approach and a crucial first step to accurate prognoses. I will then discuss my team’s efforts to bridge the divide between the sterile laboratory and the playing field through portable mixed-reality (XR) and behavioral assessment technologies in combination with innovative modeling techniques. I will conclude with a first look at our exclusive XR Core platform for multi-user training applications that will catalyze development of the ultimate living laboratory for precision sports medicine.

Prof. Adam Kiefer, the 2019 Sigma Xi Young Investigator Awardee will provide the keynote talk at the UC Chapter Spring Mixer. The event is free and open to all.
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Dehydration alters the potential of blood feeding arthropods to act as disease vectors

Steve Beniot

Jan 19, 2018

Joshua Benoit, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Previous studies on arthropod vector hydration have examined very specific responses and fail to provide an encompassing view of the role that dehydration has on vector biology. Using an integrative approach, we show that dehydration increased blood feeding by arthropod vectors, which was the result of enhanced activity and a higher tendency to interact with a host. These changes are the result of altered metabolism and host sensing. Field-based mesocosm studies revealed that dehydrated arthropods were more likely to host feed. These studies indicate that the hydration status of disease vectors can have profound effects on their physiology and behavior and alters interactions with their vertebrate hosts.

The dynamics between arthropod hydration status and increasing drought prevalence with climate change will have distinct impacts on arthropod disease transmission.

Previous studies on arthropod vector hydration have examined very specific responses and fail to provide an encompassing view of the role that dehydration has on vector biology.
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