May 30 – June 3, 2017 • Denver, Colorado

World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain

This year’s ACSM World Congress will focus on biological and physiological mechanisms of exercise and the brain.  The World Congress is a unique opportunity to bring together interdisciplinary investigators for the most comprehensive meeting ever held on this topic.  The program will include keynote lectures, tutorials, and symposia from leading experts in the field with an emphasis on how exercise changes the brain and how this may relate to chronic disease.

Chairperson: Jill N. Barnes, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Time Session Title & Speaker
9:30-11:30 a.m. Symposium
Impacts of Exercise, the Gut Microbiome/Metabolome and Immunity on the Brain
Monika Fleshner, Christopher Lowry, Emeran Mayer
Influences of Physical Activity/Exercise on Cognitive Health Across the Life Span
Chhanda Dutta, Charles Hillman, Kirk Erickson, Jeffrey Burns, Molly Wagster
 1:00-1:50 p.m. Tutorial Lecture
Ecological Approach to Cognitive Enhancement: Complex Motor Training
Andrew Conway
Tutorial Lecture
How the Immune System Talks to the Brain
Jeffrey Woods, FACSM
2:10-3:00 p.m. Keynote
Active Living for Healthy Brains
Marc Poulin
 3:15-5:15 p.m. Symposium
Brain Blood Flow and Exercise
Kevin Shoemaker, James P. Fisher, Damian Bailey, Jose Gonzalez-Alonso
 3:15-5:15 p.m. Symposium
Exercise in Movement Disorders
Roger Enoka, Robert Motl, J. Eric Ahlskog, Kristen Pickett


Time Session Title & Speaker
8:00 -10:00 a.m. Symposium
Neurobiological Effects of Physical Exercise
Ulrik Wisloff, Linda Ernstsen, Emrah Duzel, Christiane Wrann, Linda Bergersen, Nathan Scrimgeour
8:00 -10:00 a.m. Symposium
Stress and the Brain
Bradley Hatfield, FACSM; Romain Meeusen, FACSM; Karim Alkadhi, Benjamin Greenwood
1:00-1:50 p.m. Keynote
Exercise and Neuroplasticity
Henriette van Praag
2:10-3:00 p.m. Keynote
Aging, Exercise and Brain Plasticity
Kirk Erickson
3:15-5:15 p.m. Symposium
Novel Approaches to Understanding the Effects of Exercise on the Brain
Marc-Andre Cornier, Alexis Stranahan, Takashi Tarumi, Katelyn Wood
3:15-5:15 p.m. Symposium
Physical Activity Induced Neuroplasticity
J. Carson Smith, FACSM; Claire Sexton, Judy Cameron, Jeffrey Kleim