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Erin Giles, PhD

Exercise, Inflammation, and the Menopausal Transition


Dr. Giles will study how weight gain during menopause may increase inflammation in fat tissue and how this may lead to the development of metabolic diseases (like diabetes) in postmenopausal women. During menopause, weight is often gained in the fat surrounding the organs, and this has many negative health effects. 

Dr. Giles will test whether exercise during the early stages of menopause may be able to shift this weight gain to subcutaneous fat depots (like the hips and thighs), reducing the risk of developing metabolic disease. This grant will allow us to further our understanding of the tissue-specific beneficial effects of exercise after menopause, ultimately reducing the harmful effects of menopause.