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Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture Series

rechnitzerPeter A. Rechnitzer, M.D., M.R.C.P. (Edin), F.R.C.P. (C), F.R.C.P. (E), F.A.C.C.

The Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture is an annual event made possible from a grant set up when Professor Rechnitzer retired from the University in 1992. The Fund is to aid in increasing the national and international recognition of the work done at The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging through contact with other scientists working in the general area of exercise and ageing. A lecture series was established in 1995 to honour Professor Rechnitzer and his work at the Centre.

Before his retirement, Peter Rechnitzer was a practising physician who donated his efforts and expertise to realise his dream of melding research with practical application. He played a leading role with Professor David Cunningham in developing the idea for a research centre. The initial studies into retirement and physical activity and the later study of physical activity in a free living community of people age 55 to 90 years were dynamic investigations which laid the groundwork for the Centre's development.

Along with Professors Cunningham and Donald Paterson, Professor Rechnitzer was instrumental in helping to develop the early concept of this work into an established centre for the study of aging at the University of Western Ontario and St. Joseph's Health Care Centre. Without his untiring efforts to locate the Centre in its present home the general thrust of the Centre, to unite basic research and the applied programs, might never have been realised. He joined enthusiastically with the scientists and Nancy Ecclestone to develop the two main ideas of the Centre, research and community exercise programmes, into a reality.

The series of lectures is dedicated to Peter A. Rechnitzer's firmly held view that physiological processes are best described with responses from individual human adaptations in a real life environment. Top

Read abstracts from past Rechnitzer Lectures

 

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2012

Seventeeth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

Human Skeletal Muscle:
Our Maginificent Energy Producer for Movement and Exercise
Lawrence L. Spriet, Phd
University of Guelph

2011

Sixteenth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

Stress of aging viewed from the cardiovascular system
Dr. Edward Lakatta
Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health

2010

Fifteenth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

Effects of Age and Exercise on Endothelial Function in Skeletal Muscle:  Role of Reactive Oxygen Species
Judy M. Muller-Delp, PhD
Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics | University of Florida

2009

Fourteenth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

Aging Muscle Fibres and Exercise
Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD

2008

Thirteenth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

Blood Flow to Exercising Muscles: New Insights to Age-Old Questions
David N. Proctor, PhD

2007

Twelfth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

Muscle Microcirculation in Healthy Ageing: Inconvenient Truths
David C. Poole, PhD

2005

Eleventh Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

AGE, EXERCISE AND ADAPTATION: THE MITOCHONDRIA LINK
KE Conley, PhD
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2004

Tenth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

EXERCISE AFTER 80
Archie Young MD

2003

Ninth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

EVALUATING THE ROLE OF OXYGEN IN SKELETAL MUSCLE WITH RADIOFREQUENCIES, LIGHT, AND SOUND
Kevin K. McCully, PhD

2002

Eighth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

AGEING RESEARCH: THE FIRST 35 YEARS
David A. Cunningham, PhD

2001

Seventh Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

SENSORY ASPECTS OF EXERCISE IN AGING
Norman L. Jones, M.D.,F.R.C.P.(London), F.R.C.P.(C)

2000

Sixth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

WHY DO WE REQUIRE A SECOND HEART DURING EXERCISE?
Loring B. Rowell, PhD

1999

Fifth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

MECHANISMS FOR MATCHING OXYGEN DELIVERY TO ENERGY DEMANDS IN CONTRACTING SKELETAL MUSCLE
Bengt Saltin, M.D.

1998

Fourth Annual Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

MUSCLE ATROPHY, WEAKNESS, FATIGUE, AND INJURY: INEVITABLE CONCOMITANTS OF AGEING
John A. Faulkner, Ph.D.

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Previous Lectures

Brian J. Whipp, Ph.D.   

1997 - Brian J. Whipp, Ph.D.
St. George's Hospital Medical School,
London, England
"Oxygen Utilization and Exercise Tolerance:
A 2000 Year Perspective"

Jerome A. Dempsey, Ph.D.  

1996- Jerome A. Dempsey, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Biological Determinants of
Maximal Exercise Performance"

Douglas R. Seals, Ph.D.
 

1995 - Douglas R. Seals, Ph.D.
The University of Colorado
Exercise and Ageing: Autonomic
and Cardiovascular Adaptations"

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Candian Centre for Activity and Aging
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