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KCU-Kansas City

Get up-to-the-minute research discoveries on hot topics, such as Alzheimer’s disease, biological warfare and cancer.

The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases: What Can You And I Do About It?

Dr. Marco Brotto
George W. and Hazel M. Jay Endowed Professor, Director of Bone-Muscle Collaborative Sciences, Director of the PhD in Nursing Program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
Noon-1 p.m.
Ricci Auditorium, KCU Campus
1750 Independence Avenue
Kansas City, Mo.

Talk Summary

In 2012, Burden of Disease Report by the World Health Organization revealed that 1.7 billion humans suffer from musculoskeletal (MSK) diseases. In the U.S. alone, 54 percent of people older than 18 years suffer from at least one MSK condition. One in three older adults falls every year in the U.S. alone.

Costs of osteoporosis and sarcopenia are in the hundreds of billions of dollars and the health and social consequences are astounding; in our country alone, the cost of MSKs is close to one trillion dollars.

Therefore, our goal is to combine state-of-the-art complementary approaches ranging from basic to translational and clinical to contribute with both new mechanistic insights into MSK diseases, but also with new ways to diagnose and treat these devastating conditions.

What else can we do? What could you as medical and masters students be doing? What can us as citizens be doing to improve these scenarios? Are we just part of the problem or agents of solutions?

About the Speaker

Dr. Brotto joined University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) two years ago due to his international expertise in musculoskeletal physiology and biology, with particular focus sarcopenia and Excitation Contraction Coupling. More recently, Brotto and colleagues from University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and Indiana University are also studying an emerging area of bone-muscle crosstalk, and he has a long-standing interest in biomarkers for falls/weakness in elderly.

UTA Research Institute attracted Brotto's interests as he has many ideas on developing wearable devices to support healthy life styles. He has received research funding from agencies including National Health Institutes (NIH), Abbott Nutrition, American Heart Association (AHA), Department of Health Services, Missouri Research Board, University of Texas System STARS Fund, Thompson and Jay Endowment Funds and major funding agencies in Brazil.

Prior to joining UTA, Dr. Brotto was the Dale and Dorothy Thompson/Missouri Endowed Professor for Nursing Research and director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Muscle Biology Research Group-MUBIG, which he helped develop into seven research labs with 30+ investigators. He was past president of the Missouri Physiological Society and Scientific Director of the Center for Biomedical Research, College of Sciences & Technology, Salvador, Brazil.

Since moving to UTA, Brotto was appointed to AHA National Strategic Outcomes Committee and Southwest Research Committee. He is associate editor of the Journal of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (JPET), Journal of Bone & Mineral Research (JBMR), JBMRPlus, and a reviewer for more than 20 journals including some of the most prestigious scientific journals. He is also a permanent reviewer for the NIHSkeletal Muscle and Exercise Physiology Study Section, one of the highest distinctions for university professors.

Dr. Brotto enjoys teaching physiology to undergraduate and graduate students and has a remarkable record of mentorship helping students and fellows to advance in their careers. His motto is "collaboration is better than competition".

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