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 (from left): Dr. Kluding, Dr. Rucker, and Jeff Hoover (study coordinator), along with Ph.D. students Shaima Alothman, Mohammed Alshehri, and Aqeel Alenazi.

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, Ph.D.
Interim Chair
Associate Professor

KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

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See Kluding's publications on PubMed

Current Doctoral Students

Shaima Alothman (rehabilitation science)
Aqeel Alenazi (rehabilitation science)
Mohammed Alshehri (rehabilitation science)

Graduates of HEAL

Linda D'Silva (2016)
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

Activity for Diabetic Polyneuropathy: The ADAPT study

Pioneers: Community Research Recruitment Registry (Kluding PI)

Sedentary Lifestyle in Diabetes (Kluding PI)

Last modified: Oct 04, 2016

Participate in a Study

Can Exercise and Diet Improve Nerves in the Legs of People with Diabetes?
The purpose of this study is to study the change in nerve fibers in the skin in people in either a typical diet and exercise counseling program compared to a more intense diet and exercise program. 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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