Health Exercise and Aging Lab

HEAL logoThe major goal of ongoing research in the Health Exercise and Aging Lab (HEAL) is to improve the health and wellness of people with chronic disease or disability.

HEAL team photo

Above: the HEAL team in the Hemenway Life Sciences Building at KU Medical Center.

The lab encompasses approximately 4,000 square feet on the ground floor of the Hemenway Life Science Innovation Center and includes a large waiting area, reception desk, faculty and research associate offices, and a conference room.

The three labs within this space are designed to assess body composition, muscle strength and endurance, and aerobic fitness. Additionally, there is a large exercise intervention room furnished with LifeFitness aerobic equipment and a resistance training circuit.


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Lab Director

Patricia M. Kluding

Patricia M. Kluding, PT, PhD
Associate Professor

KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

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See Kluding's publications on PubMed

Current Doctoral Students

Linda D'Silva (rehabilitation science)
Shaima Alothman (rehabilitation science)
Sara Nelson (physical therapy)

Graduates of HEAL

Sandra Billinger, PT, Ph.D. (2008)
Benjamin Tseng, Ph.D. (2009)
Stephen Jernigan, PT, Ph.D. (2011)
Dave Burnett, Ph.D. (2013)
Ali Bani-Ahmed, PT, Ph.D. (2013)
Rupali Rupali Singh, PT, Ph.D. (2013)
Jason Rucker, PT, Ph.D. (2014)

See what graduates of HEAL are doing


Selected Current and Recent Projects

Pioneers: Community Research Recruitment Registry (Kluding PI)

Sedentary Lifestyle in Diabetes (Kluding PI)

Glyoxolase I Protects Epidermal Axons in Human Diabetic Neuropathy (Wright PI, Kluding co-investigator)

Exercise as an Adjunct to Smoking Cessation Treatment for African American Women (Nollen PI, Kluding co-investigator)

Relationships between Exercise, Craving, and Brain Responses among Smokers (Martin PI, Kluding co-investigator)

Pilot Study of Exercise and Peripheral Nerve Function in People with Diabetes (Kluding PI)

Multi-tasking, Executive Function, and Functional Abilities in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (Rucker PI)

Last modified: Sep 17, 2016

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Are there proteins that protect nerves in the legs of people with neuropathy?
The purpose of this study is to compare the amount of a specific protein in skin and blood in people who do have nerve damage and in people who do not have nerve damage in their legs. Learn more


3 researchers at KU

KUMC News: Kluding part of research team collaborating to better understand peripheral neuropathy from diabetes. Read


HEAL is part of the Georgia Holland Research Laboratory

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