Trustee Candidate: Basic & Applied Science
Michael C. Hogan, Ph.D., FACSM
University of California San Diego
Department of Medicine
San Diego, CA
1. Please list your previous service to ACSM.
Associate Editor Basic Sciences for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
President of Southwest ACSM
Member of Southwest ACSM Executive Board
Member of ACSM Science Integration and Leadership Committee
Organizer of Numerous ACSM Regional and National Symposia
ACSM Citation Award Winner
ACSM Presidents Lecture
ACSM Visiting Scholar Award
2. What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?
I have always been fascinated by how the human body is capable of remarkable feats of performance. As an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, I majored in Biology and was on the track and field team. When I started my graduate work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I took an exercise physiology course that was taught by Dr. Ed Howley. That class connected my interests in sports, exercise, health, and science, and catapulted me into graduate research work with Dr. Hugh Welch as my mentor. As a graduate student at Tennessee, I attended numerous meetings of the SEACSM. I attended my first ACSM national meeting in 1984, and have attended every year since. After conducting a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD, I stayed on at UCSD and have had a stimulating academic career. I attend the SWACSM meeting, and was President of that group in 2010. Since those first experiences with ACSM, I have considered ACSM to be the only place to get full exposure to the basic science, teaching, and medicine of exercise and physical activity, all in one place. ACSM brings together all of these interests; that is its greatest strength. This creates a remarkable cross-fertilization of interests ranging from the fully applied to the mechanistic molecular. Within this broad interaction, I have always considered the basic and applied science area to be the foundation of our organization, and accordingly, I think we need to strive to retain and improve our emphasis on that area. Should I be elected to the Board of Trustees, I would work to preserve and enrich our basic science component, especially at our annual meeting. As specific goals, I strongly believe that we should maintain and strengthen our cooperation with the American Physiological Society. I also think that ACSM should commit to a permanent plan that continues our own Integrative Physiology of Exercise meeting that has now taken place twice at the two-year mark of APS’s IBE meetings. My goal is not to reduce the roles of Medicine or Education and Allied Health, but instead to nurture our foundation in basic and applied science. I believe that it is that foundation that validates our medical and education efforts.
3. ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.
Member of American Physiological Society (APS) and its Environmental & Exercise Physiology Section
Member of APS Committee on Committees
Ad hoc reviewer for NIH, Medical Research Council of Canada, and various European grant agencies
Reviewer for numerous journals including Journal of Applied Physiology and Journal of Physiology
Review Editor, Journal of Physiology
Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology- Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Many leadership positions within my department and university