Dr. Arny Ferrando

Dr. Ferrando’s academic training consists of a B.S. in Engineering from West Point, a M.B.A. from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Florida State University, and a post doc in Protein Metabolism and Space Physiology at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  Dr. Ferrando’s research endeavors have focused on the amelioration of muscle loss during sarcopenic or cachectic states.  His research has involved the examination of muscle protein metabolism in circumstances ranging from inactivity to critical illness to disease states to aging.  These research efforts include inactivity as a clinical paradigm and model of microgravity, space flight, orthopedic surgery, pediatric and adult burns, end-stage renal disease, and the sarcopenia associated with aging.  In particular, his research has focused on hormonal and nutritional control of muscle protein metabolism in these situations.    Overall, these studies have demonstrated that the restoration of anabolic influence on skeletal muscle can ameliorate the loss of lean body mass and improve survivability and functionality, while decreasing hospitalization and/or rehabilitation.