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NextGen Discovery Series - Jan. 17, 2023


The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and our other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. The series consists of monthly lectures geared toward a broad multidisciplinary audience so all can participate and appreciate the spectrum of precision health efforts. 

Information about this talk, including continuing education, is available below.

For questions about this event or any others in the Discovery Series, please reach out to Veronica Lemme at


Lifestyle Modifications to Improve Liver and Cardiometabolic Health

Speaker: R. Scott Rector, PhD, Professor of Medicine in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, Medicine-Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of Missouri-School of Medicine

Director of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building

Research Health Scientist, Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital

Date: Jan. 17, 2023, noon-1 p.m.




Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a relatively new epidemic that is related to the recent increase in obesity and physical inactivity rates. The disease, which is the most common chronic liver condition among U.S. adults, occurs when excess fat accumulates in the liver. NAFLD affects ~30% of the U.S. adult population and encompasses a histological spectrum ranging from excess liver fat (steatosis) to inflammation (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, NASH), inflammation), scarring (fibrosis), cirrhosis and liver cancer. NAFLD is intimately linked to many other chronic diseases, including insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, there are no drug therapies on the market to treat the advanced stages of the disease. In this presentation, Dr. Rector provided an overview of exercise and dietary strategies can be used in the management of NAFLD and highlight potential future targets for treating this condition.   


About the SpeakerScott Rector

R. Scott Rector received his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Missouri in 2007. He then completed an NIH-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in hepatology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. His lab examines exercise and nutritional interventions, as well as molecular interventions to help fight the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics. His findings have helped lead to a better molecular understanding of how exercise training improves liver health in the prevention and treatment of NAFLD, and his work has established that mitochondrial dysfunction is intimately linked to advanced stages of liver disease (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, NASH). He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and The Obesity Society and serves as a standing member on an NIH-grant review committee. Dr. Rector has close to 150 peer-reviewed publications, and his research program is supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs and industry partners. 


Continuing Professional Education Credit

Successful Completion of this activity, which includes participating in the educational offering, participating in the evaluation process and completing the verification of attendance, enables the learner to satisfy the requirements for continuing education.

Nursing Contact Hours

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). 

1.0 contact hour may be awarded.


The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Financial Relationships

Current ACCME and Midwest Multistate Division, ANCC rules state that participants in continuing education activities should be made aware of any relevant affiliation or financial interest in the previous 24 months that may affect the planning of an educational activity or a speaker’s presentation(s). Each planning committee member and speaker has been requested to complete a financial relationship reporting form for the NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series. No planning committee member or speaker has a relevant financial interest.