Nicholls alum to discuss ketones, exercise science

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to learn more about the role ketones play in the body in the next installment of the Alumnus Anniversary Lecture Series.

Dr. Eric Plaisance (BS ‘97), associate professor of exercise physiology and associate scientist at the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, will deliver a presentation titled “Emerging Therapeutic Roles for Dietary Ketones and Ketone Administration” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Ayo 152.

Ketones have become a national topic thanks to the rise of ketogenic diets and the growing popularity of endurance sports. Ketones are chemicals made in the liver that are produced to help the body break down fat for energy when the body is low on carbohydrates.

“This research is important because it’s new, and as a society, we are always looking at ways we can improve our exercise performance, athletic performance and our health,” said Dr. Briget Scott, interim assistant dean for the College of Nursing and Allied Health and associate professor and department head of dietetics. “Any research that gives us more information on how to do those things is valuable. It is even more exciting when that research is coming from a Nicholls alum.”

The event is free and open to the public.


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