On September 27-30, 2006, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) hosted the "Integrative Physiology of Exercise: Discovery and Application of Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Metabolic Science" meeting at the Indiana Convention Center and Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. Because of the rapid increase in scientific knowledge related to exercise physiology, ACSM sought to emphasize recent advancements in our understanding of exercise metabolism and in the regulation of both cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology in a basic science specialty conference. The wide range of symposia topics presented at this meeting featured both senior and emerging scientists and provided an exciting environment for lively scientific exchanges among attendees.
The conference featured 18 symposia involving 70 speakers on aspects of metabolic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary physiology. Core events featured 18 0 poster communications, and total attendance was 440 over the course of three days. Each day's events culminated with an invited lecture by an eminent worker in each of the three areas represented: Jerome Dempsey, Ph.D., FACSM, University of Wisconsin, "Respiratory Influences on O2 Transport, Muscle Blood Flow, Fatigue, and Exercise Performance"; David E. Kelley, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, "Effects of Exercise to Improve Insulin Resistance and Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Dysfunction"; and Peter Wagner, Ph.D., University of California San Diego, "Skeletal Muscle Angiogenesis Responses to Exercise: The Role of VEGF." The American Physiological Society (APS) and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) were supporting organizations.
Abstracts of free communications are published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® online (www.acsm-msse.org, November 2006). Symposium proceedings will be published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® as they become available.