On January 16th, 2024, Melissa Hooijmans from the Amsterdam University Medical Center (UMC), shared her talk on “A non-invasive Magnetic Resonance platform to study oxidative capacity in healthy and diseased skeletal muscle during dynamic exercise” at the CIBM, EPFL, Lausanne.



In this intriguing presentation, Dr. Hooijmans delved into the topic of measuring skeletal muscle oxidative capacity during dynamic exercise using MRI. The focus of the talk was on the significance of this measurement, the development of an MR cycling platform, and the diverse parameters that can be assessed before, during, and after acute exercise. She showcased pilot data obtained during dynamic arm and leg cycling experiments, offering valuable insights into the oxidative capacity measured with MR spectroscopy and R2* mapping of both healthy and diseased skeletal muscle.  This research opens new avenues for understanding muscle (dys)function and holds promise for advancements in exercise physiology research and medical applications, including diagnostics.


Melissa Hooijmans

Assistant professor at the Radiology department of Amsterdam University Medical Centre

Melissa Hooijmans, received her PhD in 2017 from the Leiden University Medical Centre, focussing on disease progression of patients with muscular dystrophy using advanced MRI methods. Now she works as an Assistant Professor at the Radiology department of Amsterdam University Medical Centre. Her work focusses on quantitative MRI of healthy and diseased skeletal muscle in rest and during exercise.

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