One million dollar donation to fund MU exercise research
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri received a one million dollar gift from one of its professors to fund research into physical activity and health and to endow a fellowship.
Frank Booth, a professor in the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, will use the money he gave to fund his own research and the Frank Booth Fellowship in Physical Activity and Health in the MU School of Medicine in perpetuity. Booth's work focuses on genetic motivations for exercise and activity and the unhealthy effects of physical inactivity on the brain and aerobic capacity.
"Throughout my years of research, I have discovered the true importance of exercise and physical activity on health," Booth said. "Unfortunately, many people fail to realize how much they could improve their health by remaining physically active. My goal with this gift is to support continuing research on the effects of exercise and to help communicate the importance of exercise to overall health, including the prevention of chronic diseases."
Ultimately Booth would like to discover what makes people active and learn what genes cause humans to lose their ability to remain physically active as they age.