Professor Priit Kaasik was elected Dean of the Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences of the University of Tartu
At the Council of the UT Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences meeting held on 25 September, Priit Kaasik, Professor in Functional Morphology, was elected Dean of the Faculty. According to Kaasik, the priorities are high-level teaching and research, motivating new academic generations and taking research results outside the academic world.
The new Dean of the Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences of the University of Tartu, Professor Priit Kaasik, was motivated to apply thanks to his constructively critical attitude to a number of developments in relation to sport and physical therapy education, sport sciences in general and specifically inside the faculty: “The support of my colleagues in this matter motivated me to apply and inspires me to continue.”
Kaasik sees high-level teaching and research in the field as the main priority of the Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences. “I also feel that the faculty has been modest in taking the results of their activities outside the academic world,” Kaasik stated, admitting that this activity needs attention as well. One of the more difficult challenges is motivating new generations: “This is a somewhat controversial situation. The motivation system should on the one hand meet our resources and on the other hand enable to achieve and set new goals.” According to Kaasik, the key task of the research field is to sharpen the research focus and find more common ground between research groups. “This is probably the only way to stay in ever-increasing competition, particularly when we consider the financing of research.”
Priit Kaasik defended his PhD thesis “Composition and turnover of myofibrillar proteins in volume - overtrained and glucocorticoid caused myopathic skeletal muscle” in 2004; he has also led the Institute of Exercise Biology and Physiotherapy since the same year. Kaasik has been Professor in Functional Morphology at the UT Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences from 2013.
Kaasik’s research field includes the adjustment processes of skeletal muscle in case of hypertrophy and atrophy, the metabolic problems of muscle protein in different functional states and the aspects connected with the regenerative potential of skeletal muscle.
Professor Kaasik is a member of the Federation of European Physiological Societies, the Estonian Olympic Academy, the Baltic Laboratory Animal Science Association and a board member of the Estonian Basketball Association.
Additional information: Mare Vene, Head of the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Exercise and Sport Sciences, tel.: 737 5361, e-mail: mare.vene [ät] ut.ee.