The 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.
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.
Patricia M. Kluding, PT, PhD
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
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)
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)