Physiology Brownbag Seminars – Spring 2018

Physiology “brown-bag” lunchtime seminars are held twice a month on WEDNESDAYS at noon in Applied Physiology Building, room 1253 (or as indicated). Special seminar dates/times outside of the regular schedule are indicated as such.

Contact Dr. Boris Prilutsky, boris.prilutsky@biosci.gatech.edu, to be considered as a future speaker, added to the e-mail distribution list, if you would like to meet with a speaker, or for other seminar-related inquiries.
For directions: Applied Physiology

SEMINAR: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New players and concepts in skeletal biomechanics

Elazar Zelzer, PhD
Department of Molecular Genetics
Weizmann Institute of Science

Abstract

The main focus of my lab is on regulatory interactions among different tissues, including bone and cartilage, muscle and tendon and neuronal tissues, during the development and function of the musculoskeletal system.

  BIO: Elazar Zelzer completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, and went on to receive his Ph.D. in 1999 in molecular genetics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Bjorn Olsen’s lab at Harvard Medical School from 1999 to 2004, during which he studied bone development. He returned to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel in 2004, where he was appointed Senior Scientist in the Department of Molecular Genetics. His research group’s interest lies in skeletogenesis, and they focus specifically on two different aspects of skeletal development using advanced murine research techniques; the first, looking at the development of the musculoskeletal system, and the second, at the complex interactions between the developing skeleton and the vasculature.

Host: Timothy C. Cope, PhD
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Applied Physiology Building, Room 1253

SEMINAR: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Minimal evidence for a secondary loss of strength after skeletal muscle injury but NSAIDs seem to work anyhow

Gordon Warren, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy
Georgia State University

Abstract

In most types of skeletal muscle injury, there is an immediate loss of strength after the injury is induced. However, there has been debate as to where a secondary, additional strength loss occurs as a result of inflammation spilling over onto initially undamaged tissue (a.k.a. bystander injury). This talk will present strong evidence that a secondary injury does not occur, at least not one that results in a strength loss. However, this talk will also provide strong evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) improve the recovery of strength after injury, presumably by their effects on inflammatory processes. An attempt to explain the apparent disconnect between the two observations will be done by discussing the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of injury and recovery processes.

  BIO: Dr. Gordon Warren is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Georgia State University. He has a B.S. in nuclear engineering from Georgia Tech and a M.S. in biomedical engineering from MIT. His Ph.D. was in exercise physiology from UGA. He has conducted research on skeletal muscle injury and combined muscle-bone injuries for 27 years. He has conducted this research using both human and animal models. In his animal research, he has implemented single fiber models as well as in vitro, in situ, and in vivo muscle models in the induction of muscle injury as well as in the assessment of the muscle’s functional capacities. His research has focused on explaining the mechanisms of strength loss after injury and the recovery therefrom.

Host: Boris I. Prilutsky, PhD
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Applied Physiology Building, Room 1253

SEMINAR: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Title: TA

Mark Lyle, PT, PhD
Division of Physical Therapy
Emory University School of Medicine

 

Host: Boris I. Prilutsky, PhD
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Applied Physiology Building, Room 1253

 

SEMINAR: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Title: TA

Arthur W. English, PhD
Department of Cell Biology
Emory University School of Medicine

Host: Boris I. Prilutsky, PhD
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Applied Physiology Building, Room 1253

 

SEMINAR: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Title: TA

Thomas Roberts, PhD
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University

Host: Greg Sawicki, PhD
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Applied Physiology Building, Room 1253

 

SEMINAR: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Title: TA

William Liberti, PhD
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley

Host: T. Richard Nichols, PhD
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Applied Physiology Building, Room 1253

 

SEMINAR: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Title: TA

Owen Beck, PhD
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Tech

Host: Greg Sawicki, PhD
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Applied Physiology Building, Room 1253

 

SEMINAR: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Title: TA

Jonas Rubenson, PhD
College of Health and Human Development
Pennsylvania State University

Host: Greg Sawicki, PhD
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Applied Physiology Building, Room 1253