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xercise is key to building healthy young bodies, UC Irvine's Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center has found.

UC Irvine moves to standardize childhood exercise training for physicians and educators, thanks to a $1.75-million gift inspired by UC Irvine School of Medicine alumnus.

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UC Irvine Pediatric Exercise Research Center

Children with disabilities of the muscle and nerves are not able to engage in normal physical activity and exercise.

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Welcome to the Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center

Physical activity is a critical moderator of growth and development in children and adolescents. Exercise may also have substantial therapeutic benefits for children who suffer from a variety of chronic disease and disabilities.

Despite the clinical and biological importance of exercise in children, there is a surprising lack of research focused on the fundamental mechanisms that link exercise with growth and development in the healthy child or that identifies the mechanisms of therapeutic exercise effects in specific disease conditions.

The Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center (PERC) was established in 2006 under the leadership of Dan M. Cooper, MD. The goal of the center is to expand the conduct of interdisciplinary clinical and basic science research and research training in pediatric exercise science.


  • To advance pediatric exercise medicine through clinical and laboratory research
  • To provide an exercise plan for infant, child and young adult
  • To provide preventive and rehabilitative exercise programs
  • To promote and foster community partnerships to encourage physical activity in children