Susanne Ring-Dimitriou
1994 …2023

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Research interests

My research focuses on the effectiveness analyses of exercise programmes on cardiometabolic fitness, motor development and metabolic health in children and adults. The focus of interest is the research of the health-enhancing exercise dose ("trainability") and the development of cardio-respiratory exercise testing methods (lactate diagnostics, gas metabolism measurement) with regard to energy metabolism. In this context, we were able to demonstrate that certain gene variants (PGC-1a) can prevent the training effect, measured by mechanical performance at ventilatory indices. We showed further that certain exercise modalities exhibit a very specific training effect concerning endurance performance level and strength of untrained individuals, i.e. no "exercise fits all untrained people". In field studies, we were able to show that the motor fitness of older people could be significantly improved with information technology-supported long-term programmes (Fit-mit-Ilse). The research programme is complemented by the analysis of indicators that focus on participation in health-oriented physical activity and training programmes to inform the development of physical activity recommendations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2012 (Level 2, 3-digit codes).

  • 107 Other Natural Sciences
  • 303 Health Sciences
  • 605 Other Humanities


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