Fitness versus fatness
A finding that cardiorespiratory fitness is more important than
fat loss for people suffering so-called 'Syndrome X' has landed a
Queensland researcher a New Investigator Award.
Joyce Ramos, a PhD candidate from The University of
Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition
Sciences, received the honour from Sports Medicine
"Our investigation focused on people with metabolic syndrome,
also known as 'Syndrome X' or insulin-resistance syndrome," Ms
"The syndrome affects those with a combination of obesity plus
any two of the following factors - raised triglycerides, reduced
HDL cholesterol, raised blood pressure and raised fasting plasma
"We found that cardiorespiratory fitness, not body fat, is
independently associated with the function of pancreatic beta
cells, which produce and secrete insulin, regulating blood glucose
"To reduce mortality in this patient group, improving
cardiorespiratory fitness should have a higher priority to that of
Presenting under the abbreviated title of Fitness
versus Fatness, Ms Ramos was declared best new investigator at
Sports Medicine Australia Conference at Sanctuary Cove on
the Gold Coast.
Co-authors of her study were UQ colleagues Professor Jeff
Professor Robert G Fassett, Lance Dalleck of Western State
Colorado University and Fabio Borrani of The University of
Ms Ramos was also recently lead author on a
research paper in journal Sports
Medicine which determined vascular benefits of
high-intensity interval training against moderate-intensity
Another UQ winner at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference
Toby Pavey, awarded for his presentation Is the
recommendation of 300 minutes of physical activity a week
Skinner's paper Do Women experience the same
ergogenic response to caffeine as men? was
selected as one of the conference's top 30 papers for the
pre-conference award judging.
Kelly gave two invited presentations to the Cricket
Australia Symposium and ASICS Footwear Symposium, while also
chairing a round-table discussion about footwear and running.
Wendy Brown hosted two symposia on physical activity
Glen Lichtwark presented to the Australian and New
Zealand Society of Biomechanics Symposium.
Meanwhile, Mia Schaumburg
hosted the Oral Contraception and Menstrual Cycle in Exercise and
Sports Medicine Research Symposium.
Andrew Cresswell, Dr Anita
Green and Dr Kelly were thanked for their role on the
organising committee for the conference, to be held next year at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground.