NACOE Seminar Speaker Dr. Vanessa Sherk, Orthopedics @ Univ Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
- Friday, March 6, 2020 at 3:10pm
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, Room 137 - view map
Obesity and Bone Health: Skeletons in the Metabolic Closet
Abstract: Treatment of osteoporotic fractures costs $5.1 billion/year, more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. People with obesity were traditionally thought to be protected from fracture because of the expected skeletal adaptations to increased body weight. However, fat mass is a static form of loading that is not highly osteogenic. Also, there were previous incorrect assumptions that bone was a metabolically inert tissue, and as such, invulnerable to the metabolic dysfunction that comes with chronic overeating and sedentary behavior. This talk will focus on recent data that challenges everything we have previously assumed about the relationship between obesity and bone health.
Bio: Vanessa Sherk, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where she also completed postdoctoral training in Endocrinology. Dr. Sherk earned her MS and PhD in Exercise Physiology at Oklahoma University and her BS in Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Her primary research focus is on mechanisms by which overnutrition and sedentary behavior affect bone development and skeletal adaptations to exercise.
- Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering