KU is regarded as one of the premier research institutions in the country, and researchers in our department are at the forefront of advancing knowledge in health care. Students not only have the opportunity to learn from accomplished clinicians, but also from scientists striving to expand our knowlegebase in a variety of health and science areas.
By examining factors that influence motor skill learning such as aging, injury, and sleep, researchers seek to better understand how individuals with brain damage recover motor function and the underlying mechanisms that promote recovery.
Scientists in two distinct lab groups have combined significant expertise across disciplines such as physiology, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and animal behavior to unlock the secrets of diabetes.
Through the study of posture and gait disorders in post-stroke individuals, as well as those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, researchers are developing novel approaches and technologies in neuro-rehabilitation.
The REACH lab aims to understand the cardiovascular and pulmonary adaptations to chronic disease (heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, stroke and cancer) and to develop effective exercise interventions that maximize cardiovascular health.