Learn how elite athletes maximize performance

October 3, 2011 —

Want to learn how the cardiovascular system works during exercise and how it responds to exercise training? Want to explore the unique “features” that allow elite athletes to attain world-class performance? Then mark your calendar for tomorrow night’s Cafe Scientifique at the Science Center of Iowa: Julia Moffitt, Ph.D., associate professor in DMU’s department of physiology and pharmacology,will explain the basic cardiovascular physiology and help attendees gain an understanding of how the cardiovascular system works during exercise and peak performance. She also will perform a live demo of an electrocardiogram with a trained endurance athlete.

Run, don't walk, to the Science Center of Iowa on October 4.

Dr. Moffitt’s presentation, “The Athletic Heart,” is free and open to all. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in Founders Hall in the Science Center, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, downtown Des Moines. Coffee, beverages and appetizers will be available for purchase.

Icing on the cake: Starting at 5 p.m., you can purchase specially priced tickets to the eye-popping traveling exhibition BODY WORLDS Vital. Don’t miss it; the exhibition leaves Des Moines on October 31. And after “The Athletic Heart” presentation, you can experience “The Human Body” in the Science Center’s six-story Blank IMAX Dome Theater for just $5.

Sounds like a great opportunity to learn about the body and pump up your own athletic performance!


Endlessly curious and easily entertained, Barb Dietrich Boose loves being a member of the friendly, fascinating DMU community and its creative communications team. The University's publications director and DMU Magazine editor, Barb is always on the hunt for story ideas, good books and new recipes to try out on her family, such as her surprisingly tasty pork-and-bean bars.