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Excellence in Research Research Laboratories

Our research laboratories specialize in a diverse range of areas within Health and Exercise Science.

Aging and Chronic Disease

Our goal is to understand the regulation of blood flow and oxygen delivery to peripheral tissues in humans, and further understand how the basic control mechanisms become impaired with aging and disease.

Our objectives include identifying approaches to maintain stress resistance across tissues, with the goal of improving healthspan. Special areas of focus include mechanisms of stress resistance and resilience, proteostatic maintenance, and mitochondrial function. Projects include strategies encompassing nutrition, pharmacology, and exercise for the purpose of extending human healthspan.

Behavior and Lifestyle Modification

We design and conduct research to assess physical activity and health outcomes, identify determinants of health/risk behavior, and promote physical activity and healthy/safe lifestyles.

The goal of the PATP Lab is to determine the best ways to get people active in order to prevent chronic disease, and help people recover from chronic diseases.

Functional Performance

Our mission is to reduce injury and improve performance through the investigation into the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Target populations fill the spectrum from young athletes to older frail adults.

We are currently keeping ourselves busy and out of prison by addressing broad research areas of human physiological function.

Our aim is understanding the role of sleep and circadian regulation in metabolic homeostasis. Specifically, our team studies how sleep and circadian disruption impair metabolic tissues and whether improving timing of behaviors such as sleep and eating can improve metabolic health.

Neurological Function and Dysfunction

Our research strives to understand the neural mechanisms underlying impaired movement control and the impact of impaired movement control on everyday function including bimanual coordination, over-ground walking and driving, as well as to develop rehabilitation interventions for improving function in individuals with stroke and transient ischemic attack.

We strive to understand how the healthy brain integrates sensorimotor information to control movement and how this control changes with advancing age and the interplay of cognitive and motor function underlying neuromotor control deficits in individuals with sensorimotor dysfunction while developing intervention strategies that promote neuroplasticity and functional motor recovery subsequent to aging and/or neural disease, with a specific emphasis on multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.