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Health Scientist at ‘Aging Well’ Lecture Encourages Older People to Remain Active

May 7, 2013

Nutrition and Exercise Research Day was recently held at the University of MO-Columbia campus. Speakers included Julie Mattison of the National Institute on Aging, who told about nutrition interventions in rhesus monkeys, and Arthur Kramer. University of Illinois professor Kramer discussed research that shows the best way to improve cognitive function is through aerobic exercise.  These lecture topics are relevant to the initiatives of Mizzou Advantage.

Story by:  Mizzou Weekly

When Arthur Kramer said “take a hike,” he wasn’t ordering his audience to get lost. Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology and the Swanlund chair and professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Illinois, was talking about the benefits of walking on cognitive function.

Kramer was one of the speakers at the Nutrition and Exercise Research Day held April 11 in the School of Medicine’s Acuff Auditorium. The other speaker was Julie Mattison of the National Institute on Aging, who discussed nutrition interventions in rhesus monkeys. The day’s theme was “Aging Well.”

Kramer spoke at the Hogan Memorial Lecture, named after nutrition researcher Albert Hogan, and Mattison spoke at the O’Dell Lecture, named after MU nutrition researcher Boyd O’Dell. The week of events, sponsored by the MU nutrition and exercise physiology department, has been held since 1966.

During his lecture, Kramer said that when older adults focus on brain training — such as playing  computer-based games to enhance memory — they get better only at what they focus on. They see improvements in memory but not in reasoning and speed. See more…