Dairy Council Seminar: Dairy protein consumption to support active and healthy ageing
1pm - 2pm
We are delighted to host Dr Ben Wall from the University of Exeter to deliver a Dairy Council Seminar entitled: "Dairy protein consumption to support active and healthy ageing" on 8th February at 13:00 in 6 West 1.1 (highlighted by the red circle on the map). Entry is free, but please register online for a free ticket to track anticipated numbers.
Dr. Benjamin Wall graduated from the University of Birmingham in Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2006 before taking up a PhD position in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Benjamin’s PhD research was conducted in the laboratory of Professor Paul Greenhaff, and the work examined the integration of fat and carbohydrate metabolism during exercise in humans. In 2010, Benjamin moved to Maastricht University in the Netherlands to undertake post-doctoral training under the guidance of Professor Luc van Loon. This research focused on the mechanisms underlying muscle loss under varying conditions (e.g. ageing, inactivity) or muscle gain in response to anabolic stimuli (e.g. exercise training). Moreover, a key emphasis was placed on developing nutritional- and/or exercise-based strategies to attenuate muscle loss or augment muscle hypertrophy in a variety of situations, with an ultimate goal of improving health and/or performance in different populations. Benjamin joined the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter in 2014 as a Lecturer in exercise physiology and nutrition, and his current research focusses on the role of (in)activity and nutrition in health and performance.
Given our ageing population, the loss of skeletal muscle mass and quality (sarcopenia), and the association with frailty, falls and metabolic disease, represents a key public health concern. Sarcopenia can be offset to a certain extent by paying close attention to dietary protein intake and maintaining/adopting an active lifestyle. Mechanistically, this is due to the synergistic effects of protein ingestion and exercise in stimulating muscle protein synthesis rates, facilitating tissue reconditioning. Emerging data have addressed the optimal type and amount of dietary protein that should be ingested by the older adult throughout the day in order to maximize the skeletal muscle adaptive response to physical activity. This seminar will discuss recent mechanistic research identifying dairy proteins as ideal protein sources to support optimal muscle protein synthesis rates in active older adults and, as a consequence, be ideally placed as dietary options to support healthy ageing.