May 28 – June 1, 2019 • Orlando, Florida

World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise, Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

Wed., May 29 - Fri., May 31


Bridging Research and Practice for Healthy, Active Lives!

This year’s Basic Science World Congress focuses on biological and physiological mechanisms of exercise, circadian rhythm and sleep. This is a unique opportunity to bring together interdisciplinary investigators for the most comprehensive meeting on this topic. The program includes keynote lectures, tutorials and symposia from leading experts.

Chair: Karyn Esser, Ph.D., FACSM, University of Florida

Highlighted Lectures

World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise, Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Keynote Lecture

Wednesday, May 29  |  1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Circadian Clock Genes and their Implications for Metabolism and Health


Joseph S. Takahashi, Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, Texas

Integrative Plenary

Thursday, May 30  |  8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Circadian and Sleep Science for Health and Athletic Performance

Kenneth Wright, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

Exchange Lecture

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Project REST: Innovative Responses to Improving Student Athlete Sleep and Wellbeing

Wednesday, May 29  |  10:40 – 11:30 a.m
Amy Athey

Download the Basic Science Program Guide

Your complete listing of all Basic Science World Congress sessions at ACSM’s Annual Meeting.


Early Registration Deadline:

April 18


Basic Science Reception

Thursday, May 30  |  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Gather for an informal reception and networking. Student winners of basic science of exercise, circadian rhythms and sleep abstracts will be recognized during the event. Light refreshments and cash bar are offered.

Session Schedule

Time Session Presenter
9:30-11:30 a.m. Symposium: Exercise Performance and Sleep Kenneth Wright, Benjamin J. Edwards, Saurabh S. Thosar, Michael Grandner, Charli Sargent
9:30-10:20 a.m. Tutorial Lecture: Circadian Biology and the Molecular Clock: Terminology Karyn Esser, FACSM
1:00-1:50 p.m. Keynote: Circadian Clock Genes and their Implications for Metabolism and Health Joseph Takahashi
3:15-5:15 p.m. Symposium: Circadian Rhythms, Clocks and Metabolism Katja Lamia, Karen Gamble, Clara Peek, Juleen R. Zierath
3:15-5:15 p.m. Symposium: Does Sleep Promote Recovery in Athletes? Shawn Youngstedt, Marco de Mello, Rob Duffield
Time Session Presenter
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free Communication/Poster: Circadian and Sleep Behavior in Adolescents
9:30-10:20 a.m. Tutorial Lecture: Jet Lag and Major League Baseball Ravi Allada
1:00-6:00 p.m. Free Communication/Poster: Circadian Rhythms in Health and Performance
1:00-6:00 p.m. Free Communication/Poster: Muscle, Movement and Sleep
1:30-3:30 p.m. Symposium: It’s about Time: Timing of Exercise and Nutrition to Influence Circadian Biology Jonathan Little, Evelyn Parr, Jill Kanaley
3:45-5:45 p.m. Symposium: Clocks, Insufficient Sleep and Muscle Kenneth Wright, Allison Brager, Jonathan Cedernaes, Josiane Broussard, David Bishop
3:45-5:45 p.m. Symposium: The Dynamic Relationships of Physical Activity and Sleep Quality with Cognitive Health Ryan S. Falck, Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Peter A.  Hall, J. Carson Smith, FACSM, Kirk I. Erickson
Time Session Presenter
7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free Communication/Poster: Sleep and Athletic Performance
10:40-11:30 a.m. Tutorial Lecture: Timing is Everything: Chrono-Exercise and Nutrition John Hogenesch
1:00-6:00 p.m. Free Communication/Poster: Sleep and Cardiometabolic Effect