Lisa is joined by Suzette Pereira, Ph.D., an Associate Research Fellow at Abbott leading studies focused on muscle health and muscle loss due to aging.
In the conversation they cover:
What we mean by “muscle mass.”
What muscle mass tell us about health that BMI doesn’t
When and why do people start to lose muscle mass
Abbott’s new research published in Annals of Medicine show [about muscle mass]
Why should people and doctors be focusing on muscle mass as a key factor in evaluating health
Examples of where you’ve seen muscle mass have a significant impact on health?
Key signs of muscle loss that people can look out for?
Most effective ways to maintain and build muscle mass?
Dr. Pereira’s research is focused on evaluating nutritional therapies that can prevent muscle and strength declines due to sarcopenia, hospitalization and chronic diseases. She has led preclinical studies to identify key ingredients (such as HMB) that can prevent muscle wasting. Her current work is focused on translating the findings from preclinical studies to human clinical studies to help improve nutritional products for adults.
Over the last 12 years at Abbott, Suzette has led several collaborations with scientific key opinion leaders, business partners and across Abbott. She currently serves as the Abbott representative to the ‘FNIH- sarcopenia Biomarker Consortium’, a group dedicated to developing a consensus definition of sarcopenia and driving awareness.
Prior to joining Abbott, Suzette obtained her Ph.D. and carried out post-doctoral research in the department of Microbiology at the Ohio State University. She has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and routinely presents her research at national and international scientific conferences. She is also a co-inventor on over 80 filed patents.