Iyer 2014 Abstract MiP2014

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Bioenergetics: arts meets gentle science in sickness and in health.


Iyer S

Mitochondr Physiol Network 19.13 - MiP2014

Iyer S, Faris S, Rao RR, Jamison R, Maurakis E (2014)

Event: MiP2014

Recent scientific reports have highlighted the increasing proportion of childhood obesity and mitochondrial diseases, leading to energy failures [1-4]. Equally important is the fact that mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of numerous diseases that affect energy production. An urgent cell-to-society integrative approach is needed to address this problem, to increase awareness for improving nutrition and bioenergetics of young children and their families, and ultimately improve the quality of life. This wake-up call presents an urgent need to educate the public about the importance of β€œbioenergetics” in their daily lives. Our goal is to create novel educational modules to teach and engage a wide audience for understanding a variety of disorders related to energy failure.

Faculty and students from Schools of Engineering and Arts along with the Science Museum of Virginia and patient advocates, affiliated with the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation- Virginia Chapter, are developing creative STEAM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Health) approaches to communicate this important public health concern.

In spring 2015, the outcome of this project will be displayed at an open exhibition at the Science Museum of Virginia. It is high time that such cell-to-society interactive modules are being created for explaining bioenergetics to children and adults.

β€’ O2k-Network Lab: US VA Richmond Iyer S

Labels: MiParea: Exercise physiology;nutrition;life style, mt-Awareness  Pathology: Obesity 

Organism: Human 

Event: C4, Oral  MiP2014 


1-Dep Chemical Life Sc Engineering, School Engineering*; 2-Dep Communic Arts, School Arts*; 3-Dep Biomedical Engineering, School Engineering*; *Virginia Commonwealth Univ; 4-Sc Museum Virginia; Richmond, VA, USA. - siyer@vcu.edu

References and acknowledgements

Supported by the Virginia Commonwealth University Quest for Innovation Fund.

  1. Fiese BH, Bost KK, McBride BA, Donovan SM (2013) Childhood obesity prevention from cell to society. Trends Endocrinol Metabolism 24:375-7.
  2. Hills AP, Okely AD, Baur LA. (2010) Addressing childhood obesity through increased physical activity. Nat Rev Endocrinol 6:543-9.
  3. Russell O, Turnbull D (2014) Mitochondrial DNA diseaseβ€”molecular insights and potential routes to a cure. Exp Cell Research pii:S0014-4827(14)00128-1.
  4. Iyer S (2013) Novel therapeutic approaches for Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy. Discovery Medicine 15:141-9.

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