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Trustee Candidate: Basic & Applied Science

Irene Davis, Ph.D., FACSM
Spaulding National Running Center
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School
Cambridge, MA

1. Please list your previous service to ACSM.

I have been a member of the American College of Sports Medicine since 1992 and remained active in the organization since.  During the past 21 years, I have authored/coauthored 80 ACSM podium/poster presentations, organized/presented 12 symposia, and given keynote lectures at 3 Regional ACSM meetings. I have also presented at the Advanced Team Physician’s Meeting.  I became a Fellow in 2001, was Co-Chair of the Biomechanics Interest Group (largest interest group in ACSM) from 2005-2008 and then Chair 2008-2009. During this time, I led an initiative to solicit outside funding from vendors to support student travel and research awards, along with a Career Award.  I have served on the ACSM Program Committee as the Biomechanics Topic Representative since 2010.  It has been an extremely rewarding experience to serve on this committee, which reviews thousands of abstracts and session proposals each year and produces a strong, well-balanced scientific and clinical program.  I am currently serving on the Social Committee tasked with further enhancing the social activities of the Annual Meeting.  Throughout the years, I have served many times as an abstract reviewer and session moderator, and participated in student mentoring sessions. 

2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?

I believe that ACSM’s greatest strength is their global leadership in the science of exercise and sports medicine. As the largest exercise and sports medicine organization in the world, ACSM has the opportunity to impact global fitness in a significant way.  ACSM attracts individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including clinicians and scientists. ACSM’s international membership spans a range of scientific areas including nutrition, physiology, epidemiology, military medicine and biomechanics, to name a few.  This is unique to most other organizations.  Most ACSM members also belong to organizations in their own areas of specialization.  But it is the confluence and cross-pollination of these different groups within a single organization that further strengthens the College.
As a Board of Trustees Member, I will work hard to continue to strengthen ACSM’s global reputation.  I am a strong advocate of the Exercise is Medicine® Campaign. It is the perfect example of ACSM’s integration of research into practical application.  Exercise is a very powerful medicine that continues to be under-appreciated by many within and outside of the US. I will be devoted to continuing to promote the EIM initiative through expanding our partnerships and encouraging community engagement.  Exercise is also a powerful prophylactic of disease and disability.  However, funding for exercise as a preventative measure is sparse.  I will advocate for increased federal funding for this important line of research.
Thank you for the honor of this nomination, and I pledge to diligently work to serve the College if elected as a member of the Board of Trustees.

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

I am very active with the American Society of Biomechanics, having served as the president-elect, president and past-president from 2007-2010.

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