Sports, Exercise, and Nutritional Genomics: Current Status and Future Directions

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Debmalya Barh, Ildus I. Ahmetov
Academic Press, Aug 25, 2019 - Science - 606 pages

Sports, Exercise, and Nutritional Genomics: Current Status and Future Directions is the first reference volume to offer a holistic examination of omics-driven advances across different aspects of exercise and sports physiology, biochemistry, sports medicine, psychology, anthropology, and sports nutrition; and highlighting the opportunities towards advance personalized training and athlete health management. More than 70 international experts from 14 countries have discussed key exercise and sport-related themes through the prism of genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, telomere biology, talent in sport, individual differences in response to regular physical activity, that in the future may empower coaches, sports physicians, fitness experts, genetic counselors, and translational scientists to employ various omics data and approaches in improving health and physical performance of people participating in sports and exercise activities.

Contributors address current knowledge of genetic influence on athletic performance, individual responses to exercise training, as well as the genetics of musculoskeletal phenotypes, exercise-related injuries, flexibility, and neurodegenerative disorders in athletes.

Finally, performance-related and psychological traits associated with epigenetic, transcriptomic and metagenomic biomarkers are also considered, along with nutritional and pharmacogenomic aids in sports medicine and personalized nutrition.

  • Effectively synthesizes key themes across molecular aspects of exercise and sports sciences
  • Provides a knowledge base for future translation of omics solutions to talent identification, individualized training, and nutrition
  • Features contributions from international experts (researchers and clinicians) in the subject area

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Exercise genetics and molecular physiology
Genetics of musculoskeletal exerciserelated phenotypes
Genetics of sportrelated diseases and medical conditions
Nutrigenetics pharmacogenetics and metabolomics in sport and exercise
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Debmalya Barh, PhD, holds Master’s and PhD’s degree on Biotechnology and Post-Doc on Bioinformatics. He is honorary Principal Scientist at Centre for Genomics and Applied Gene Technology, Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology, a global platform of multidisciplinary research and advocacy. He has experience with both academic and industrial research and has more than 12 years on bioinformatics and personalized diagnostic/medicine industry experience, with focus on translating academic research into high value commercial products. He has published more than 150 articles in reputed international journals and has edited 15 cutting-edge biotechnology related reference books. He has also co-authored 30+ book chapters. Due to his significant contribution in the field, he has been recognized by Who's Who in the World and Limca Book of Records.

Senior lecturer in Genetics and Epigenetics of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He worked for 15 years in the top research centers of sport science in Russia, collected DNA samples of more than 8000 professional athletes, and published over 150 peer-referred research papers in journals. Dr. Ahmetov’s main research areas include exercise and sports genomics, exercise biochemistry and physiology, behavioral genetics, nutrigenetics, sports medicine, and genetics of obesity. His group was the first to publish a genome-wide association study on athletic performance. Dr. Ahmetov is a member of the Steering Committee of the Athlome Consortium. In addition, he is an associate editor of the journal Biology of Sport.

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