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APR 14Dr. Shlomit Radom-Aizik Blog about COVID-19, Exercise, Children and their Developing Immune System posted in the ACSM Exercise is Medicine e-newsletter


SEP 23PERC welcomed 126 5th graders from Martin Elementary School to the PERC laboratories at the UCI School of Medicine. Our young scholars were engaged in activities and learned about pediatric exercise research and healthy habits and lifestyle.
SEP 08NIH and MoTrPAC study leaders gave an enthusiastic “thumbs-up” to MoTrPAC Pediatric Clinical Site Principal Investigators Dr. Shlomit Radom-Aizik, PERC Executive Director, and Dr. Dan Cooper, Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Science and Director of UCI ICTS. Enrollment is set to begin in October.
SEP 05PERC opened a new cutting edge tele-exercise room made possible by a generous gift from the UC Irvine Class of 2017.
JUN 24"A Six-Week Therapeutic Ballet Intervention Improved Gait and Inhibitory Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy—a Pilot Study" was published in Frontiers in Public Health, section Children and Health. [View presentation]
MAY 31Dr. Candice Taylor received the 2019 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award at the UCI School of Medicine awards dinner. The award recognizes graduating students and faculty members who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion.
MAY 24The Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center in collaboration with the UCI Esports Arena completed a pilot study to evaluate the effect of a brief high intensity interval exercise on gaming performance of players in the Esports League


APR 24Dr. Dan Cooper, UCI pediatrics professor and director of UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, tells CNN about the importance of childhood exercise as a social determinant of health and well-being.


JUN 21Shlomit Radom-Aizik, PhD, comments in a Sacramento Bee article on the importance of exercise to build bone mass in childhood and to maintain it in adulthood.
MAY 17UCI pediatrician Candice Taylor Lucas, MD, has been awarded an NIH grant designed to promote career-development diversity in health-related research.
FEB 13Broadway choreorapher and UCI professor, Andrew Palermo, leads a dance clinic for autistic children in collaboration with PERC.


DEC 13PERC receives major grant to understand how exercise affects the body, one gene at a time.
DEC 13PERC is chosen for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans program to study molecular changes that occur when children and adolescents exercise.
NOV 23Experts met to develop the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting 2.
NOV 01In the Media: Defying expectations, people with autism are participating and excelling in sports
AUG 21PERC congratulates Krisztina Fazekas-Zur on winning her second Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro for the women's kayak four 500-meter event, representing Hungary.
JUL 01PERC launches a summer research dance program for children with cerebral palsy.
JUN 24Teen girls who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop asthma than boys, a UC Irvine study led by pediatrician Dr. Kim D. Lu has found.
JUN 15PERC collaborators at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders to study impact of exercise on children with autism
JUN 01Frank Zaldivar, community education and outreach program director for PERC, receives award for outstanding community research.
MAY 12Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee helps launch PERC's exercise-as-medicine initiative.
MAR 22PERC hosts conference to create a national standard for terminology in pediatric exercise research.
FEB 01PERC hosts "Exercise is Medicine in Child Health" outreach project.


SEP 15To combat childhood obesity, Michigan will track kids' body mass index; but UC Irvine's Dr. Dan Cooper tells ABC News that "BMI is a very poor tracking mechanism for a child."
AUG 31Translational research by UC Irvine's Dr. Kimberly Lakes was spotlighted in a Science magazine article on interventions that are shown to aid executive function development in children.
JUL 11Dr. Dan Cooper has been named acting Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Cooper "has made tremendous contributions to our programs and research efforts," said Dean Ralph Clayman.
APR 18Genetic counselors help patients understand DNA risks, says Pamela Flodman, director for UC Irvine's genetic counseling program.
FEB 06UC Irvine residents promote nutrition education and obesity awareness with 5K race.


AUG 01Servite High School football players tested in sports concussion pilot program with UC Irvine