Research Symposium

23rd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 6, 2023

Anissa Adams She/Her Poster Session 2: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm/ Poster #29



My name is Anissa Adams, I am a rising junior majoring in Cell and Molecular Neuroscience with a chemistry minor. I was accepted into Florida State through the CARE program which is a scholarship program that provides long-term support for first-generation students. In my two years at FSU, I have been involved in Healthy Noles, Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Delta Epsilon, the Medical Response Unit, and research at The Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine. I hope to continue developing through research in this lab over the next two years. After my undergraduate studies, I hope to obtain my M.D. specializing in emergency medicine.

Pre-loaded Betaine Supplementation on Thermoregulation and Biomarkers From Cycling Performance In Heat 

Authors: Anissa Adams, Liliana Renteria
Student Major: Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
Mentor: Liliana Renteria
Mentor's Department: institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine
Mentor's College: College of Arts and Sciences


When exposed to high temperatures the natural cooling mechanisms of the body such as sweating, may not be sufficient at regulating body temperature, which can lead to heat-stress. Betaine, an endogenous substance, has demonstrated the ability to mitigate the affects of thermal stress. While previous studies have demonstrated betaine’s ability to increase heat tolerance most have been conducted in cell cultures and animal models. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore the impact of betaine on thermoregulation in humans through a 3-week betaine supplementation in endurance trained males. We hypothesize that preloaded betaine supplementation will enhance heat tolerance through various body mechanics. If this hypothesis hold true betaine supplementation may be consumed by individuals who are exposed to the risk of heat stress.

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Keywords: betaine, thermoregulation, heat shock protein, lipopolysaccharides