Tuesday, March 19, 2013

American College of Sports Medicine names Monica Hubal, PhD, co-Chair of the Molecular and Cellular Regulatory Mechanisms Interest Group

Monica Hubal, PhD, a personalized medicine and systems biology researcher in the Sheikh Zayed Institute, has been appointed co-Chair of the Molecular and Cellular Regulatory Mechanisms (MCRM) Interest Group for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The purpose of this interest group is to promote and facilitate basic and translational research efforts that identify mechanisms driving disease and how interventions such as exercise confer health benefits at the molecular and cellular levels. The MCRM group also confers research awards to select students that submit the best abstracts each year on basic science topics, helping to defer meeting and travel costs for undergraduate and graduate student researchers and encourage interest in this research areas.

Dr. Hubal is also currently serving on ACSM’s Program Committee, which is responsible for the planning of college's Annual Meeting--the largest gathering of sports medicine professionals of all backgrounds each year.

Dr. Hubal started her career as an exercise physiologist and now uses that background to fuel her genetic research into the causes and treatments for childhood obesity.

The American College of Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting will be held in Indianapolis May 28-June 3. One theme for the meeting is "Exercise is Medicine," focusing on all the ways that exercise improves the health and well being of people starting even at the molecular level, where Dr. Hubal focuses her work, and including the more commonly thought of physical and mental benefits.