Estrogenic Regulation of Muscle Apoptosis (ERMA) study

The study researching connections between female reproductive health and exercise activity is a part of the broad ERMA research project, which is being carried out in collaboration between the University of Jyväskylä’s Gerontology Research Center and Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Central Finland Central Hospital and the University of Minnesota.

“The ERMA study is investigating the impacts of menopause on body and muscle composition, muscle performance, mental well-being, exercise activity and biological health indicators, as well as the molecular mechanisms between them”, explains Docent Vuokko Kovanen. “The participants in the study were women aged 47–55 living in central Finland.” Almost 1,400 women underwent initial measurements. Approximately 400 women going through menopause partook in the monitoring study. The ERMA study is funded by the Academy of Finland and the Juho Vainio Foundation.

More information:

Tammelin Tuija

Research director

Phone 040 024 7998

Eija K. Laakkonen, Janne Kulmala, Pauliina Aukee, Harto Hakonen, Urho M. Kujala, Dawn A. Lowe, Vuokko Kovanen, Tuija Tammelin & Sarianna Sipilä, 2017. Female reproductive factors are associated with objectively measured physical activity in middle-aged women. PLOS ONE, 
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