Exercise in Children: It Ain’t Just Play Anymore
Closing Keynote Address by Dan Cooper, MD
UCI School of Medicine, Pediatrics
2015 Pediatrician of the Year – Orange County Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Cooper’s research seeks to identify how exercise can best be used to prevent asthma and obesity in children; in particular how brief bouts of exercise alter gene expression and functional responses of neutrophils. The neutrophil is a unique cell capable of instigating disease processes such as the common exercise-induced asthma. At the same time, conditioning of neutrophils by physical activity can play a role in how exercise prevents diseases such as atherosclerosis. Dr. Cooper is particularly interested in new therapies involving both pharmacologic and lifestyle interventions.
Dr. Cooper is a Professor of Pediatrics, UC Irvine Chief, Pediatric Pulmonology Division and the Founding Director of the Institute for Clinical Translational Science and the Program Director of the UC Irvine Clinical Research Center.