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Young Investigators in Exercise, Basic and Translational Research rewarded at EuroPrevent 2011

by Paul Leeson, EACPR Exercise, Basic and Translational Research Section

EuroPrevent 2011 proved an exciting forum for young investigators in the Exercise, Basic and Translational Research section to be seen in the spotlight.

The oral abstracts presented within the Young Investigator Award session covered a range of topics from the very clinical evaluation of echocardiographic and ECG characteristics in professional athletes and adolescents, through to the more basic science of how exercise training influences Murf-1 and Mafbx expression in skeletal muscle and how successive dives alter the vasculogenic potential of circulating cells. The overall winner of the Young Investigator Award was Dr Dao from the University of Dusseldorf who presented data on how exercise upregulates AT-2 receptor expression in-vivo via a NO-dependent mechanism. View the abstract

In the moderated poster section several abstracts looked at ways to improve the prognostic accuracy of exercise testing for heart failure patients. Suggested additional markers included recovery indices, red cell distribution width, serum cortisol, serum adiponectin and blood pressure. The other posters provided a range of intriguing research observations including differences in how the hearts of women with type 2 diabetes respond to exercise and how Intralipid appears to lower circulating endothelial microparticle levels. The winner of the moderated poster session was Dr Kraenkel from the University of Zurich who presented her data on the role of kinin signalling in the leucocyte-endothelial interaction in coronary artery disease. View the abstract.