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Quentin Tsang

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 13:23

During Grand Rounds, Dr. Gerszten touches on cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular disease and this stuck with me most throughout his lecture and our post-rounds discussion. Perhaps I am biased, coming from a kinesiology background, but I think the most compelling data presented in Dr. Gerszten's presentation was the ability of cardiorespiratory fitness to be a strong, independent marker of cardiovascular health as well as morbidity and mortality. The improvement of 1 MET unit (a measure of cardiorespiratory fitness) is able to reduce all-cause morbidity and mortality in adults by 15-17%! As Dr. Gerszten is extremely interested in metabolomics, I am extremely interested to see if there is a changed metabolomic profile in those with low vs. high CRF.

I also believe that this grand rounds lecture reminds us that health sciences research and knowledge translation is interdisciplinary in nature and requires collaboration from all health professions, not just physicians. Dr. Robert Ross (who happened to be my undergraduate thesis supervisor) is a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and a Registered Kinesiologist. His collaboration with Dr. Gerszten brings new perspective about cardiovascular health that a physician may not have. Furthermore, he brings new insight that will allow novel treatment methods to be brought from bench to bedside. This is an excellent example that demonstrates that translational medicine requires the collaboration of all key stakeholders in order to be effective and improve patient outcomes.

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Quentin Tsang

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