SECOND FLOOR – The Community Impact Floor
Providing extensive opportunities for the community to be engaged in research in the area of prevention and wellness, this floor will be highly visible floor with high volume public outreach in education and research. It includes spaces for exercise intervention, nutrition counseling and research, health coaching, exercise for Parkinson’s patients, stress testing, fitness counseling, cardiovascular research, metabolism research, programs for individuals with disabilities. An Innovation and Design Lab will serve as a staging space for wearable technology developed to improve quality of life.
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Health & Disabilities Lab (available for naming)
The Health and Disability Laboratory promotes high-quality interdisciplinary research to improve health, physical activity, equity, quality of life, and independence among persons with disabilities. Specifically, it focuses on the development and evaluation of comprehensive behavioral interventions and service efforts; creating and evaluating new or existing community-based fitness/wellness programs; and developing and testing the effectiveness of new supportive and assistive technologies.
Energy Balance & Nutrition Lab (available for naming)
Research in the Energy Balance and Nutrition Laboratory (EBNL) focuses on the diet and energy mechanisms that contribute to desirable or less desirable weight gain, growth, and nutritional status in infants, children, and adults who are healthy, and in those with chronic disease. Since weight status in young childhood affects development and is predictive of adult weight status, the goal of our laboratory is to understand the role of diet/diet composition in energy balance, and help all individuals reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Exercise & Functional Training Lab (available for naming)
This lab supports research on exercise interventions that are designed primarily for people with chronic conditions and older adults. We have implemented supervised exercise training programs for diseased populations including Parkinson’s Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease. Students are integrated into running these programs providing a strong model for combining research, teaching and community service. The space contains equipment for training cardiorespiratory fitness and strength and open space is used for a variety of functional conditioning exercises to improve balance and the performance of activities of daily living. Safety equipment includes an automatic external defibrillator (AED), blood glucose monitoring kits, sphygmomanometers and stethoscopes.
Neuro Electrophysiology Lab (available for naming)
This lab is equipped for research on how the nervous system controls muscular force and mobility in health and disease with specific interest in strength, power and optimal function in older adults and people with Parkinson’s disease. Techniques include needle-based recordings of motor unit action potentials, evoked responses from muscle and nerve (reflex responses and muscle stimulation), surface electromyography, acclerometry and recordings of isometric muscle force at a variety of joints, including protocols for the measurement of tremor.
Neuro Whole Body Lab (available for naming)
Research on neuromuscular control mechanisms in whole body movements including complex reaction time tasks, responses to postural perturbations, balance tasks and standing postural control. Techniques include surface electromyography, accelerometry, posturography and whole body reaction time tests.
Exercise Intervention Stress Lab (available for naming)
How exercise impacts different diseases. Testing exercise training programs in patients with chronic diseases and movement disorders, as well as older adults.
Cardiovascular Core Labs (available for naming)
These labs provide a variety of cardiovascular measures using state of the art techniques to assess vascular function (endothelial function and arterial stiffness), cardiac function, 24 hour BP, etc that allow investigators to assess cardiovascular health in both healthy and diseased research participants and in response to interventions such as sleep or diet.
Innovation Health Design Lab (named)
Health innovation design labs and maker space will house tools for the creation of wearable technology to: monitor individuals’ health status, support functionality that greatly improve mobility for those with disabilities, aid growth and development by incorporating sensors and lights in specialized clothing for small children, and facilitate better gait or movement pattern in Parkinson’s patients using an innovative shoe and assistive devices. The new spaces also provide a unique venue for students to interact and learn from the biomedical, business and local communities.