A talk entitled ‘Muscle Matters’ delivered by Dr Brendan Egan at TEDxUCD 2014 has now received more than 100,000 YouTube views.
Dr Egan’s talk focuses on Sarcopenia, a degenerative disease involving the loss of muscle mass, strength and function as a result of ageing. The disease affects balance, gait and overall ability to perform daily tasks leading to functional decline and loss of independence in older adults.
During his talk he outlines the connection of this disease, with other diseases, including cancer and diabetes, and encourages people to make lifestyle changes now in order to maintain muscle mass as they age.
His talk is available to view via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkXwfTsqQgQ
Dr Egan’s research is focused on investigating the molecular regulation of skeletal muscle function and adaptation during life, with a special interest in the synergy between nutrition and exercise interventions to optimise performance in athletes and the elderly.
He has also played senior inter-county GAA football with Sligo since 2003 and club football with St Vincent’s in Dublin since 2013.
Dr Egan was a lecturer in Exercise Metabolism at the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science from 2011 until 2016. In 2016 he was appointed a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City University. He retains a position of visiting Associate Professor at University College Dublin.
Dr Brendan Egan said, “Technological advancements mean that our modern environment now predisposes us to being less physically active. As a result of this and other lifestyle factors, we are using our muscles less than they need to be in order to stay strong and healthy, so the incidence of Sarcopenia is on the increase.”
“In 2014 I was delighted to avail of the opportunity to deliver a TEDxUCD talk to focus on this condition and the impact of muscle health and longevity, and to highlight how making lifestyle changes when we are younger can help us to maintain muscle mass as we age and thus live well in our later years.”
He added, “I am honoured that my TEDxUCD 2014 talk has now exceeded 100,000 views. To me this is a clear indication of people’s interest in learning more about the importance of living an active lifestyle, and the impact this has on maintaining muscle mass as we get older. This can be thought of as adding life to our years as well as years to our lives.”
University College Dublin has been running an annual TEDxUCD event, organised by volunteers from the UCD Research and Innovation team based at NovaUCD, since 2013. TEDxUCD speakers are members of the UCD community of researchers, students, alumni and friends who speak on a wide range of ideas worth spreading.
At TEDxUCD events a combination of live speakers and a selection of TED Talks videos are combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group of 100 attendees. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxUCD, are self-organised.
Image: Pictured at University College Dublin is Dr Brendan Egan prior to delivering his TEDxUCD 2014 talk entitled ‘Muscle Matters’ (Nick Bradshaw, Fotonic).