Eric Rawson, professor of exercise science

Eric Rawson, professor of exercise science


Eric S. Rawson

Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM is the largest and most respected sports medicine organization in the world with more than 45,000 members and certified professionals in more than 90 countries.

At the 2014 ACSM National Conference in Orlando, Rawson will be delivering a lecture entitled “One pill makes you larger and another makes you small: Dietary supplements for weight loss and weight gain.” Rawson is a Fellow of the ACSM, chairs the Nutrition Interest Group, and is the immediate past-president of the Mid-Atlantic ACSM Chapter.

Scholarship 2014

April — Rawson, Ph.D., was recently elected president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM is the largest and most respected sports medicine organization in the world, with more than 20,000 members in nearly 80 countries.

At the recent Mid-Atlantic ACSM annual conference in Harrisburg, which was attended by more than 600 sports medicine, exercise science and nutrition professionals and students, Rawson delivered an invited lecture, “Nutrition for Strength Power Athletes,” and participated in a Meet the Experts Panel. Rawson is chair of the National ACSM Nutrition Interest Group and was advanced to fellowship status of the ACSM in 2008. His three-year term began in November.

Scholarship 2011

April — Rawson, Ph.D., accepted invitations to be an associate editor of the journals Amino Acids and Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. The journal Amino Acids publishes research in all areas of protein and amino acid research. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism is the official journal of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and is supported by the members of the Canadian Nutrition Society.

Scholarship 2009

January — Rawson, Ph.D., published a book chapter titled "Doping in Children and Adolescents" in The Young Athlete: The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine. The book is an International Olympic Committee Medical Commission Publication in collaboration with the International Federation of Sports Medicine.

September — Eric Rawson, Ph.D., delivered and co-authored three presentations at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Seattle, Wash. Presentations included, "Physical Activity and Cognitive Processing in Older Men and Women," "Dairy Intake and Cardiorespiratory Fitness Influence C-reactive Protein Levels in Young, Healthy, Non-obese Individuals," and "Estimation of Energy Expenditure During Resistance Training Using Accelerometry." Three BU graduate and seven undergraduate students were co-authors on these research presentations.

Scholarship 2008

March — Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D., published an invited book chapter, "Safety of creatine supplementation in health and disease," in the text Creatine and Creatine Kinase in Health and Disease. The book, published by Springer in the Netherlands, is part of the distinguished Subcellular Biochemistry Series.

April — Eric Rawson, Ph.D., published research on, "Creatine supplementation does not reduce muscle damage or enhance recovery from resistance exercise," in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Michael Conti, M.S., a graduate of the BU exercise science graduate program was a co-author. The research was funded by a BU Research and Disciplinary Grant (to Rawson) and grants from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, and the BU Graduate School.

September — Rawson, Ph.D., was named a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and was inducted into the fellowship program during the national conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the ACSM conference, he also delivered a lecture on dietary supplements and brain function and a presentation on muscle fatigue in the elderly. Rawson advanced to fellowship based on his research and distinguished service to the ACSM. The ACSM is the largest sports medicine organization in the world, and has over 20,000 national and international members. Rawson has been a member of the ACSM since 1996, has lectured at several ACSM conferences, is a member of the ACSM Program Committee, and chairs the Nutrition Interest Group.

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Rawson, E. S. and Venezia, A. C. Use of creatine in the elderly and evidence for effects on cognitive function in young and old. Amino Acids. (epub ahead of print available March 11, 2011).
  • Frank, A., McConnell, T. R., Rawson, E. S., Fradkin, A. Clinical and functional predictors of health-related quality of life during cardiac rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prevent. In Press.
  • Stec, M. J. and Rawson, E. S. Benefits of creatine supplementation for older adults. Brazil J Biomotricity. 2010;4(4):215-226.
  • Rawson, E. S., Stec, M. J., Frederickson, S. J., Miles, M. P. Low dose creatine supplementation enhances fatigue resistance in the absence of weight gain. Nutrition. 2011;27(4):451-45.
  • Persky, A. M. and Rawson, E. S. Creatine supplementation in the older adult: muscular and cognitive perspectives. AgroFOOD industry hi-tech. 2010;21(4):17-19.
  • Poortmans, J. R., Rawson, E. S., Burke, L. M., Stear, S. J., Castell, L. M. A-Z of nutritional supplements: dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance Part 11. Brit J Sport Med. 2010;44(10):765-66.
  • Castell, L. M., Burke, L. M., Stear, S. J., Pearce, J., Borchers, J. R., Kaeding, C. C., Rawson, E. S, Shaw, G.. A-Z of nutritional supplements: dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance Part 9. Brit J Sport Med. 2010;44(8):609-11.
  • Rawson, E. S. and Walsh, T. M. Estimation of resistance exercise energy expenditure using accelerometry. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010;42(3):622-628.
  • Rawson, E. S. Enhanced fatigue resistance in older adults during repeated sets of intermittent contractions. J. Strength. Cond. Res. 2010;24(1):251-256.
  • Chiriboga, D. E., Ma, Y., Li, W., Stanek, E. J., 3rd, Hebert, J. R., Merriam, P. A., Rawson, E. S., Ockene, I. S. Seasonal and sex variation of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in healthy adults: a longitudinal study. Clin. Chem. 2009;55:313-21.
  • Rawson, E. S. and Persky, A. M. Doping in Children and Adolescents. In: The Young Athlete. The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine. An IOC Medical Commission Publication in collaboration with the International Federation of Sports Medicine. Eds: Helge Hebestreit and Oded Bar-Or, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 268-284, 2008.
  • Rawson, E. S. Ephedra Sidebar. In: Essentials of Sports Nutrition and Supplements. Eds: Jose. A. Antonio, Doug Kalman, Jeff R. Stout, Mike Greenwood, Darryn S. Willoughby, and G. Gregory Haff, Humana Press, 2008.
  • Rawson, E. S., H. R. Lieberman, T. M. Walsh, S. M. Zuber, J. M. Harhart, Matthews, T. C. Creatine supplementation does not improve cognitive function in young adults. Physiol. Behav. 2008;95:130-34.
  • Rawson, E. S. and A. M. Persky. Doping in Children and Adolescents. In: The Young Athlete. The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine. An IOC Medical Commission Publication in collaboration with the International Federation of Sports Medicine. Eds: Helge Hebestreit and Oded Bar-Or, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 268-284, 2008.
  • Persky, A. M. and E. S. Rawson. Safety of creatine supplementation in health and disease. In: Creatine and Creatine Kinase in Health and Disease. Eds: Gajja J. Salomons and Markus Wyss. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 275-289, 2007.
  • Rawson, E. S., M. P. Conti, M. P. Miles. Creatine supplementation does not reduce muscle damage or enhance recovery from resistance exercise. J. Strength Cond. Res. 21(4): 1208-1213, 2007.
  • Rawson, E. S. and A. M. Persky. Mechanisms of muscular adaptations to creatine supplementation. Int. SportMed. J. 8(2): 43-53, 2007.
  • Persky, A. M. and Rawson, E. S. Safety of creatine supplementation in health and disease. In: Creatine and Creatine Kinase in Health and Disease. Eds: Gajja J. Salomons and Markus Wyss. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 275-289, 2007.
  • Rawson, E. S., M. P. Conti, Miles, M. P. Creatine supplementation does not reduce muscle damage or enhance recovery from resistance exercise. J. Strength Cond. Res. 2007;21(4):1208-13.
  • Rawson, E. S. and Persky, A. M. Mechanisms of muscular adaptations to creatine supplementation. Int. SportMed. J. 2007;8(2):43-53.
  • Rawson, E. S. Risks and benefits of supplement use. Curr. Sports Med. Reports. 2005;4(4):185-7.
  • Rawson, E. S. Science and practice of creatine supplementation. Proceedings of the Asian Indoor Games Scientific Congress, 2005.
  • Rawson, E. S. Risks and benefits of supplement use. Curr. Sports Med. Reports. 4(4):185-7, 2005.
  • Rawson, E. S., M. P. Conti, and D. J. Wassmer. The effects of creatine supplementation on muscle function and body composition in older men and women. Int. SportMed. J. 5(4): 262-276, 2004.
  • Rawson, E. S. and A. M. Persky. Regarding the cardiovascular effects of an herbal ephedra-caffeine supplement. Int. J. Obes. 28(10): 1353-1354, 2004.
  • Volek, J. S. and E. S. Rawson. Scientific basis and practical aspects of creatine supplementation for athletes. Nutrition 20(7-8): 609-614, 2004.
  • Persky, A. M. and E. S. Rawson. Detecting adverse events in dietary supplement research: Lessons from ephedra alkaloids. J. Exer. Physiol. Online. 7(4): 84-99, 2004.
  • Rawson, E. S., M. P. Conti, Wassmer, D. J. The effects of creatine supplementation on muscle function and body composition in older men and women. Int. SportMed. J. 2004;5(4):262-76.
  • Rawson, E. S. and Persky, A. M.. Regarding the cardiovascular effects of an herbal ephedra-caffeine supplement. Int. J. Obes. 2004;28(10):1353-54.
  • Volek, J. S. and Rawson, E. S. Scientific basis and practical aspects of creatine supplementation for athletes. Nutrition. 2004;20(7-8):609-14.
  • Persky, A. M. and Rawson, E. S. Detecting adverse events in dietary supplement research: Lessons from ephedra alkaloids. J. Exer. Physiol. Online. 2004;7(4): 84-99.
  • Rawson, E. S., A. M. Persky, T. B. Price, Clarkson, P. M. The effects of repeated creatine supplementation on muscle, blood, and urine creatine levels. J. Strength Cond. Res. 2004;18(1):162-67.
  • Rawson, E. S. and Clarkson, P. M. Scientifically debatable: Is creatine worth its weight? Gatorade Sports Science Exchange. 2003;16(4):1-6.
  • Rawson, E. S. and Volek, J. S. The effects of creatine supplementation and resistance training on muscle strength and weightlifting performance. J. Strength Cond. Res. 2003;17(4):822-31.
  • Rawson, E. S., P. S. Freedson, S. K. Osganian, C. E. Matthews, G. Reed, Ockene, I. S. Body mass index, but not physical activity, is associated with C-reactive protein. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 2003;35(7):1160-66.
  • Rawson, E. S. and Clarkson, P. M. Ephedrine as an Ergogenic Aid. In: Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise. Eds: Mike. S. Bahrke and Charles. E. Yesalis. Human Kinetics, Champaign IL, 289-298, 2002.

Research Presentations

Creatine in Health, Medicine and Sport: An Update from the 2010 Creatine Conference. To be presented as a tutorial lecture at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2011, Denver, CO.

Rawson, E. S., Andreacci, J. A., McConnell, T. R., Matthews, E. Cardiac Output Dependency on Exercising Muscle Mass during Small and Large Muscle Exercise. To be presented at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine,2011, Denver, CO. (Poster Presentation).

Bemis, M. J., Miles, M. P., Rawson, E. S. Assessment of Dietary Creatine in Healthy Adults. To be presented at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2011, Denver, CO. (Poster Presentation).

Rawson, E. S., Stec, M. J. Estimation of Resistance Exercise Energy Expenditure Using Triaxial Accelerometry. Invited Lecture: Presented as a free communication in the Distinguished Professional Session at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2010, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Bemis, M. J., Miles, M. P., Rawson, E. S. Assessment of Dietary Creatine in Healthy Adults. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2010, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Matthews, E., McConnell, T. R., Rawson, E. S., Andreacci, J. A. Cardiac Output Dependency on Exercising Muscle Mass during Small and Large Muscle Exercise. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2010, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Elliott-Heim, D. A., Fradkin, A. J., Andreacci, J. L., Rawson, E. S. Correlates of Sedentary Behavior in Healthy College-Aged Students. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2010, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Use of Creatine in the Elderly and Evidence for Effects on Cognitive Function in Young and Old. Invited Keynote Speaker: Creatine Conference 2010: Creatine in Health, Medicine, and Sport, 2010, Cambridge, UK.

Rawson, E. S., Smoliga, J. M., Venezia, A. C., Still, C. D. Differences in Physical Activity Patterns between Older and Younger Adults. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2010, Baltimore, MD (Slide Presentation).

Stec, M. J., Miles, M. P., Rawson, E. S. Low Dose Creatine Supplementation Enhances Fatigue Resistance in the Absence of Weight Gain. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2010, Baltimore, MD (Poster Presentation).

Elliott-Heim, D. A., Fradkin, A. J., Andreacci, J. L., Rawson, E. S. Is There a Difference Between Self-Reported and Measured Physical Activity and Body Composition? Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2010, Baltimore, MD (Poster Presentation).

Rawson, E. S., Geiger, B., Bodenberg, K., Spellman, E., Duceman, L., Ferrari, T., M. P. Miles. Dairy intake and cardiorespiratory fitness influence C-reactive protein (CRP) in young non-obese adults. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2009, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Stec, M. J., Miles, M. P., E. S. Rawson. Low dose creatine supplementation reduces muscle fatigue in the absence of weight gain. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2009, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Elliott-Heim, D. A., Fradkin, A. J., Andreacci, J. L., E. S. Rawson. Is there a difference between self-reported and measured physical activity and body composition? Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2009, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Miller, D. L., Fradkin, A. J., Rawson, E. S., J. L. Andreacci. The relationship between lower extremity flexibility, muscular power, and vertical jump performance. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2009, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Frank, A. M., McConnell, T. R., Rawson, E. S., A. Fradkin. Demographic Indicators of Disease Specific Quality of Life in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA (Poster Presentation).

Benefits of Creatine Supplementation in Older Adults. Invited Speaker: Canadian Society for Clinical Nutrition/Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences, 2009, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Venezia, A. C., Wierzbicki, J. S., Reitmeyer, D., Shick, A., Still, C. D., E. S. Rawson. Physical Activity and Cognitive Processing in Older Men and Women. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2009, Seattle, WA. (Poster Presentation).

Miles, M. P., Geiger, B., Bodenberg, K., Spellman, E., Duceman, L., Ferrari, T., E. S. Rawson. Dairy Intake and Cardiorespiratory Fitness Influence C-reactive Protein Levels in Young, Healthy, Non-obese Individuals. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2009, Seattle, WA. (Poster Presentation).

Rawson, E. S. and T. M. Walsh. Estimation of Energy Expenditure During Resistance Training Using Accelerometry. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2009, Seattle, WA. (Slide Presentation).

Is Doping Really Cheating? A History of Performance Enhancing Drugs & Sports. Invited Speaker: Shippensburg University, 2009, Shippensburg, PA.

Venezia, A. C., Wierzbicki, J. S., Reitmeyer, D., Shick, A., Still, C. D., E. S. Rawson. Physical Activity and Cognitive Processing in Older Men and Women. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2008, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Wierzbicki, J. S., Reitmeyer, D., Shick, A., Venezia, A. C., Still, C. D., E. S. Rawson. Are Older Adults Less Physically Active than Young Adults? Presented as a free communication at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2008, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Is Doping Really Cheating? A History of Performance Enhancing Drugs & Sports: Invited Speaker: Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2008, Harrisburg, PA.

Peripheral and Central Adaptations to Creatine Supplementation. Presented as a tutorial lecture at the Annual Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2008, Indianapolis, IN.

Research Insight: C-Reactive Protein as a Cardiac Risk Factor – What Does the Evidence Tell Us? Invited Speaker: Nursing Enrichment Consultants Inc. 26th Annual Weekend Update for Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Nurses, 2007, Harrisburg, PA.

Peripheral Adaptations to Creatine Supplementation: What are the Mechanisms? Invited Speaker: 10th International Congress on Amino Acids and Proteins, 2007, Kallithea, Chalkidiki, Greece.

Research Insight: C-Reactive Protein as a Cardiac Risk Factor - What Does the Evidence Tell Us? Invited Speaker: Nursing Enrichment Consultants Inc. 26th Annual Weekend Update for Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Nurses, 2007, Harrisburg, PA.

Rawson, E. S., B. Geiger, K. Bodenberg, E. Spellman, L. Duceman, T. Ferrari, M. P. Miles. Fitness, Fatness, and Cardiovascular Risk. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2007, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Rawson, E. S. and T. M. Walsh. Estimation of Energy Expenditure During Resistance Training Using Accelerometry. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2007, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

Peripheral Adaptations to Creatine Supplementation: What are the Mechanisms? Invited Speaker: 10th International Congress on Amino Acids and Proteins, 2007, Kallithea, Chalkidiki, Greece.

Rawson, E. S. Matthews, T. C., Walsh, T. M., Zuber, S. M., Harhart, J. M. Central Adaptations to Creatine Supplementation in Young Individuals. Presented as a free communication at the ACSM National Conference, 2007, New Orleans, LA (Slide Presentation).

Conducting a Scholarly Process and Planning for Dissemination. Invited speaker: Leading Medical Education: Doing a More Scholarly Job, 2007, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Writing the Manuscript - Tips for Successful Publication. Invited Speaker: The Clinician Research Manual Conference, 2006, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Rawson, E. S. Aging Does not Affect Torque Production During Repeated Bouts of Intermittent Isokinetic Contractions. Presented as a free communication at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2006, Harrisburg, PA. (Slide Presentation).

The Risky Business of Dietary Supplements. Invited Speaker: Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2006, Harrisburg, PA.

What Does C-Reactive Protein Add to a Risk Factor Assessment? Invited Speaker: Geisinger Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Conference, 2006, Danville, PA.

Creatine Supplementation: From Scientific Foundations to Practical Applications. Invited Speaker: Annual University of Southern Maine Sport Nutrition Symposium, 2006, Gorham, ME.

Rawson, E. S. and M. P. Conti. Creatine Supplementation Does Not Reduce Muscle Damage or Enhance Recovery from Resistance Exercise. Presented as a free communication at the ACSM National Conference, 2006, Denver, CO (Slide Presentation).

Point/Counterpoint: Creatine Supplementation: Magic Bullet or Snake Oil Supplement? Invited Speaker, Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2005, Harrisburg, PA.

Creatine Supplementation in Athletes: Does it Really Work? 1st Annual Asian Indoor Games Scientific Congress, 2005, Bangkok, Thailand.

Scientific Basis and Practical Aspects of Creatine Supplementation. Keynote Lecture, 1st Annual Asian Indoor Games Scientific Congress, 2005, Bangkok, Thailand.