About

I am a medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a  graduate of the University of California, San Diego.  I am interested in learning and understanding how exercise and other lifestyle choices (such as sleep, diet, etc.) affect our general well-being.  I believe that the choices we make on a daily basis can perform as powerful alternative medicines.  It is my intention to use this site to help promote the importance of exercise as a medical tool for preventing and curing disease.

ben rich running for UCSD at balboa park

I ran for UC San Diego’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams (NCAA Division II).  As an athlete I have observed the tremendous influence that lifestyle choices exert on performance.  As a student I have a strong desire to learn how the body reacts to exercise and other lifestyle choices.  The general populace is not interested in discovering how to shave a few seconds off a track performance.  However, most people are interested in learning how they can stay healthy and, therefore, be happy! 

I am currently doing research on exercise's effect on the brain via the growth factor VEGF.  My project is looking at neurogenesis in exercise-trained VEGF knock-out mice.  When I am not in the lab, I enjoy coaching track and field at my high school ala mater.


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