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Protein from dairy, meat or plant sources: What's the difference for ageing muscles?

Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, London

6 Nov nutrition Part of Department of Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series

Protein from dairy, meat or plant sources: What's the difference for ageing muscles?

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Dr Oliver Witard’s multidisciplinary research is focused on two inter-related themes of healthy ageing. First, Dr Witard is interested in understanding the physiology behind why we lose skeletal muscle mass and quality —termed sarcopenia— with advancing age. Second, Dr Witard’s research investigates the role of protein nutrition in offsetting age-related perturbations in muscle metabolism that ultimately lead to sarcopenia. This presentation will critically evaluate the existing scientific evidence that compares the muscle anabolic response to consuming animal-derived vs. plant-based dietary protein sources in older adults. Dr Witard has 15 years of experience in stable isotopic tracer methodology for measuring in vivo rates of muscle protein turnover in humans. He also applies these techniques to athletic populations to optimise training adaptations, body composition and exercise performance. Dr Witard has received research funding from GlaxoSmithKline, Gatorade Sport Science Institute, American Pistachio Company, Physiological Society, Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, Smartfish and Ketolife.

This event will be followed by the Department of Nutritional Sciences Drinks Reception. 


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