Unlocking Metabolic Mysteries: Prof. Vicki Vieira-Potter on Adipose Tissue, Menopause, and Exercise Mimics

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This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Prof Vicki Vieira-Potter about sex differences in adipose tissue. They explore some of the surprising challenges and breakthroughs in research on adipose tissue and oestrogen, particularly post-menopause. They delve into the role of exercise in mitigating the metabolic risks associated with menopause and how certain compounds like ERb ligands and beta 3 adrenergic receptor agonists might mimic the effects of exercise at a molecular level. Finally, they discuss the impact of dietary choices, like a soy phytoestrogen-rich diet and almonds, on obesity, and how sleep restriction can influence our metabolism and glucose response.

Paper can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/victoria.vieira-potter.1/bibliography/public/

Dr. Vicki Vieira-Potter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri, Columbia (MU). Her laboratory studies how estrogen loss affects energy metabolism and focuses on brain and adipose tissue-specific mechanisms. She and her team have demonstrated that aerobic fitness and exercise are protective against metabolic complications associated menopause; they use a variety of animal models and biomolecular techniques to address these research questions. She directs the Rodent Metabolic Phenotyping Core at MU. Dr. Vieira-Potter holds an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College (Norton, MA), and graduate degrees from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, respectively. She completed postdoctoral training at the at Tufts (HNRCA) where she focused on obesity and metabolism. She has 70+ peer-reviewed publications in the area of adipose tissue/cardiometabolic disease.