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Exercise and Heat Therapy: Shared Molecular Targets and Cardiometabolic Benefits

Symposium — Sunday, April 7, 2019 — 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Convention Center, Room W311C
Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section — Chair: Christopher T. Minson — Co-Chair:
Cosponsored by J. Appl. Physiol.

Current lifestyle interventions for prevention or treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases include dietary modification and exercise training. While both are effective at improving cardiovascular health and enhancing insulin sensitivity, compliance is often low and therefore alternative approaches are needed. Acute or short-term passive heating (≤3 weeks) has shown significant improvements in metabolic parameters in humans. Recently, Dr. Christopher Minson’s laboratory from the University of Oregon has shown that longer-term (8 weeks) repeated hot water immersion results in cardiovascular and metabolic adaptations similar to those typically observed with exercise training. Extensive literature from animal studies suggests that the mechanism underpinning these benefits may be mediated by a family of heat-inducible cytoprotective proteins known as heat shock proteins (HSPs).   This symposium will bring together the latest clinical studies demonstrating the therapeutic potential of heat therapy, highlighting the potential roles of HSPs in restoring cardiometabolic health.


  • Heat Shock Proteins in Health and Disease
    Lisa Leon — Thermal & Mountain Medicine Division, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

  • Exercise and Heat Therapy: Shared Molecular Targets and Metabolic Adaptations
    Paige C. Geiger — Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center

  • Heat Therapy and Inflammation in Obesity: Impacts on Cardiometabolic Health
    Brett Ely — Exercise Science, Salem State University

  • Chair
    Christopher T. Minson —

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