Marco Narici

Marco Narici

Keynote speaker at icSPORTS 2013

Professor Marco Narici is a muscle physiologist with 27 y experience (~130 papers) studying muscle responses to use, disuse and ageing. He is President elect of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), and a member of EU Framework 7 Advisory Panels for Ageing Research (LinkAge, WhyWeAge). His work has focused on changes in muscle anatomy and physiology that occur with age, chronic use and disuse. He has been a pioneer in the study of human muscle anatomy and architecture in vivo using ultrasound and MRI and was the first to describe the changes in muscle architecture in old age as well as their functional repercussions. He has been one of the first investigators to describe the neuromuscular adaptations to resistive training and detraining. He is currently Co-I of EU FP 7 project MYOAGE ‘Understanding and Combating Age-Related Muscle Weakness’, of which he is leader of two work packages. He is now Head of Clinical Research Division of Nottingham University, Derby Royal Hospital, working within the framework of the MRC/Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing.

His present research interests are His present work and interests are focused on the adaptations of human skeletal muscle with exercise, disuse and ageing with particular focus on the morphological features and causes of sarcopenia and on the effects of exercise in reversing these changes. Most of his morphological work on skeletal muscle is based on the use of ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging.