Research lab groups in the School of Health Professions

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Brain Behavior Laboratory
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.

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Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Laboratory
The main research goals of the CReW lab are to better understand the unique challenges of cancer survivors throughout their entire journey.

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Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Research Laboratory
Sharma's lab group is studying the biomechanical factors contributing to musculoskeletal injury, and has a goal to advance clinical research in orthopedic rehabilitation.

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Diabetes Research Laboratory
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. Lisa Stehno-Bittel, PT, PhD, is focused on improving the transplantation success rate of pancreatic islet cells, while Irina Smirnova, PhD, is working to uncover the biochemical and molecular mechanisms that benefit cardiac muscle in patients with diabetes.

EDGE research lab team

Exercise, Diet, Genitourinary & Endocrinology (EDGE) Research Laboratory
The EDGE Research Laboratory conducts innovative medical nutrition science research. Led by Jill Hamilton-Reeves, PhD, RD, LD, the lab team seeks answers to practical, relevant and patient-centered health concerns involving conditions such as bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and polycystic kidney disease.

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Health Exercise and Aging Laboratory (HEAL)
Part of the Georgia Holland Research Laboratory, the major goal of ongoing research in this lab is to improve the health and wellness of people with chronic disease or disability.

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Language Intervention Lab
In addition to being a state-of-the art facility for scholarly work on studies of the effects, efficacy, and effectiveness of speech and language intervention for young children, the Language Intervention Laboratory serves as a training ground for students working to become evidence-based speech-language pathologists and clinical researchers in speech-language pathology.

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Maternal and Child Nutrition and Development Laboratory
World-renowned experts in their fields, Susan Carlson, John Colombo, and Kathleen Gustafson are the principal investigators in this highly interdisciplinary collaboration regarding docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intake during pregnancy and infancy. In addition, the lab studies the effect of DHA on infant/child development including cognitive and visual acuity development.

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Maser Laboratory 
Research by Maser revolves around the pathogenesis and treatment of polycystic kidney disease. In particular, the lab has focused on the structure-function relationships of polycystin-1 (PC-1), the protein product of the PKD1 gene, and the contribution of reduced antioxidant protection to the pathogenetic mechanism of PKD.

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Neuromuscular Research Laboratory
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.

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Visual Neuroscience Lab
Jeff Radel is investigating how anatomic relations and functional capacities of the visual system are altered after perturbations during development or through disease. Work includes study of brain injuries from sports, diabetic autonomic neuropathy, and the effect of DHA during pregnancy on the developing child.

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Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Laboratory
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.

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Zhu Diabetes Research Group Lab
Current projects are studying how Ncb5or, or NADH-cytochrome b5 oxidoreductase, functions in cells, in tissues and in the whole organism. Focusing on fatty acid desaturation, triglyceride synthesis and utilization, glucose metabolism, pancreatic beta-cell function, scientists aim to define the impact of the overall signaling process on energy balance.

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