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Maryland: Professor Co-edits New Book on the Genetics of Sport and Exercise

Dr. Stephen M. Roth, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, is an editor of the newly released Routledge Handbook of Sport and Exercise Systems Genetics.

Composed of seven sections covering the systems genetics of physical activity; exercise endurance and trainability; muscle mass, strength, and trainability; sports performance; and ethics in exercise and sport, the handbook is “the most authoritative and comprehensive reference” in the field of contemporary sport and exercise. The handbook consolidates the field’s fragmented literature base and provides a framework for interpreting future research findings.

Dr. Roth, a professor of kinesiology, is an expert on the role of genetic variation and environmental interaction in determining inter-individual differences in exercise responses, skeletal muscle traits and other health-related phenotypes, as well as role of physical activity in modifying DNA structure (e.g., telomere length). He is the author or co-author of over 90 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books and has also served as an associate editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews.

Additional editors include Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot of Texas A&M University and Dr. Monica J. Hubal of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

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