MHAD 5 (2014)

The Muscle Health Research Centre at York University presents: The 5th Annual Muscle Health Awareness Day

A series of lectures and graduate student poster presentations related to:

  • Muscle Adaptation
  • Development
  • Metabolism
  • Disease

York University Press Release

Guest speakers included:

  • Dr. Renee Vandenboom (Brock University)
  • Dr. Jeremy Simpson (University of Guelph)
  • Dr. David Maclennan (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Joe Chakkalakal (Rochester University)
  • Dr. Penney Gilbert (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Ronald Cohn (Sick Kids/University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Rolando Ceddia (York University)
  • Dr. Brendan Gurd (Queen's University)
  • Dr. Minna Woo (UHN/University of Toronto)

Event Details

Date and Time

May 23, 2014 (Friday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration (fee paid on-site only, includes light breakfast, buffet lunch and coffee breaks)

  • Faculty members, $20
  • Graduate/UG students: $15
  • Speakers: Free, no abstract required.


Life Sciences Building Lobby and Room 103, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto.

Deadline to Email Abstract Submission Forms

Friday May 16, 2014 at 5:00PM via Email to:

For updates and more information, visit the MHRC website.

Program Outline

8:15AM - 9:00AM Registration, poster mounting, and light breakfast

Session 1: Skeletal Muscle/Cardiac Physiology/Biochemistry (9:00AM - 10:35AM)

Chair: Dr. Mazen Hamadeh, York University
9:00AM - 9:05AM - Dr. David Hood, York University - Welcome and Introduction
9:05AM - 9:35AM - Dr. Rene Vandenboom, Brock University - Myosin Phosphorylation and Force Potentiation in Skeletal Muscle: Evidence from Animal Models
9:35AM - 10:05AM - Dr. Jeremy Simpson, University of Guelph - Pathogenesis of heart failure-induced respiratory muscle dysfunction
10:05AM - 10:35AM - Dr. David MacLennan, University of Toronto - Steps along the Pathway to Dilated Cardiomyopathy

10:35AM - 11:30AM Break (Poster Presenting and Viewing)

Session 2: Stem Cells (11:30AM - 12:30PM)

Chair: Dr. Anthony Scime, York University
11:30AM - 12:00PM - Dr. Joe Chakkalakal, Rochester University - Regulation of skeletal muscle stem cell quiescence
12:00PM - 12:30PM - Dr. Rene Vandenboom, Brock University - Bioengineering strategies to maintain skeletal muscle health throughout life

12:30PM - 2:30PM Lunch (Orange Snail, Stong College): 2:00PM - 2:30PM Posters

Session 3: Metabolism (2:30PMAM - 4:35PM)

Chair: Dr. Michael Riddell, York University
2:30PM - 3:00PM - Dr. Ronald Cohn, Sick Kids/University of Toronto - Maintaining skeletal muscle mass: Lessons learned from hibernation
3:00PM - 3:30PM - Dr. Rolando Ceddia, York University - Exercise-induced browining of white fat: Implications for the regulation of whole-body energy homeostasis and adiposity
3:30PM - 4:00PM - Dr. Brendon Gurd, Queen's University - Translating resveratrol research from animals to humans: Should we have RESerVations?
4:00PM - 4:30PM - Dr. Minna Woo, University Health Network, University of Toronto - The role of Mmuscle DJ-1 in diabetes and obesity

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