May
18

Using Mice to Study Muscle Adaptations to Exercise

Studying mice and how their muscles adapt to exercise can help muscle research and improve human health interventions.

May 18 at Noon

Where:
Barbara Thalhimer Theater
Age:
All Ages
Length:
60 minutes
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No matter when you begin exercising, your muscles can adapt and improve. Exercise is crucial in preventing age-related muscle loss and injuries. Understanding how muscles adapt to exercise can assist researchers in improving interventions for people suffering from muscle mass loss or a decline in function related to age or injury.

It turns out that most mice don't go to the gym, so how can they help us? Well, the mouse is a versatile animal, not just in its ability to climb through the smallest of spaces or its large appetite for cheese. Mice share many biological similarities to humans. Although mice are not people, their muscles are quite like ours. Combining exercise with genetically modified mouse models is helping scientists answer incredibility important questions like how muscle "memory" works and how exercise might help to reverse muscular epigenetic aging and more!

In this fascinating presentation come learn how a research team developed a novel and ingenious way to study muscle adaptation in mice and find out how they are providing unprecedented insight into muscle exercise research.

  • What: “Using Mice to Study Muscle Adaptations to Exercise,” presented by Dr. Kevin Murach, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas
  • When: Wednesday, May 18, 12 - 12:45 pm
  • Where: Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

How to Attend

We're thrilled to offer Lunch Break Science in person again! This is a FREE lecture you don’t want to miss! Stop by the Science Museum of Virginia, May 18, at noon. Please arrive early, no registration is required and presentations are limited to 120 guests. Just show up at least 15 minutes early, check in at the Guest Services desk and take a seat! Please note: lecture guests will be in person at the Science Museum.

Please note: lecture guests will be in person at the Science Museum. Dr. Kevin Murach will be streamed in via Zoom from Arkansas.

Lunch Break Science is a free lecture series presented by the Science Museum that addresses current scientific topics that help to inspire and encourage Virginians to enrich their lives through science.

Using Mice to Study Muscle Adaptations to Exercise
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Kevin Murach image of culture grown muscle stem cells from a mouse

In this image culture-grown muscle stem cells from a mouse have fused together to form myotubes, mimicking the formation of muscle fibers in living organisms.