McDermott to Present 'Hydration Solutions for Chronic Disease Prevention' Today

Brendon P. McDermott, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation
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Brendon P. McDermott, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation

Brendon McDermott, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation, will present "Hydration Solutions for Chronic Disease Prevention" at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Room D-2 of the Food Science Department. The Food Science Department is located 2 miles north of the main campus at 2650 N. Young Ave.

The presentation will include some basics of total body water balance in the body and how much fluid individuals should consume on a daily basis. Inadequate fluid consumption has recently been linked with many chronic diseases, including diabetes and chronic kidney disease. McDermott will present current evidence related to human fluid balance and chronic disease prevention. 

McDermott is trained as an athletic trainer and has extensive expertise in thermoregulation, heat illnesses, exertional sickling, hydration, and preventing sudden death in sport. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the annual meeting chair for the Arkansas Athletic Trainers' Association, a committee member for the annual quiz bowl for the National Athletic Trainers' Association, a member of the free communications committee for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation. McDermott has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has more than 80 professional presentations. He is also a member of the Medical and Science Advisory Board for the Korey Stringer Institute, advisory board for the Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life Foundation, and the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Arkansas.

McDermott's current research interests include kidney stress resulting from exercise in the heat and exercise dehydration, hydration for health, and exertional heat illness treatment. He is interested in the practical applications of interventions that prevent exertional heat illness acutely, or that may help prevent chronic diseases.


Connie Tharel, administrative specialist II
Department of Food Science


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