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Research lab groups in the School of Health Professions

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Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Research (CORR) Laboratory

Lab director Neena Sharma, Ph.D., and her team are studying the biomechanical factors contributing to musculoskeletal injury with a goal to advance clinical research in orthopedic rehabilitation.

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Diabetes Research Laboratory

This lab, led by Irina V. Smirnova, Ph.D., aims to uncover the biochemical and molecular mechanisms that benefit cardiac muscle in people with diabetes.

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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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Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation (LARRS)

The major goal of LARRS is to investigate the use of virtual reality to improve rehabilitation outcomes in neurological conditions. Focus areas include driving simulation, virtual reality postural and gait training, eye tracking, cognitive workload, and motor cognition.

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Maternal and Child Nutrition and Development Laboratory

World-renowned experts in their fields, Susan Carlson, Ph.D., John Colombo, Ph.D., and Kathleen Gustafson, Ph.D., lead this highly interdisciplinary collaboration looking at docosahexaenoic acid intake during pregnancy and infancy, as well as the effect of DHA on cognitive and visual acuity development in young children.

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Maser Laboratory 

Research by Robin Maser, Ph.D., 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, these scientists are developing novel approaches and technologies in neuro-rehabilitation.

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Nutrition Education and Literacy Laboratory

Heather Gibbs, Ph.D., is conducting research that focuses on the challenges of nutrition literacy, or the capacity to understand and act upon nutrition information, and its impact on research and health care.

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Reading, Language, and Learning Laboratory

Led by Mindy Bridges, Ph.D., this lab group conducts research related to reading and language development and disorders in children.

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Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Laboratory

The REACH lab is focused on research that integrates three areas of study: cardiovascular physiology, brain aging, and stroke recovery.

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Sleep, Health, and Wellness (SleepWell) 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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Visual Neuroscience Lab

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

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Zhu Diabetes Research Group Lab

Current projects in this lab led by Hao Zhu, Ph.D., include the study of 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, and pancreatic beta-cell function, scientists aim to define the impact of the overall signaling process on energy balance.

Last modified: Feb 15, 2021

Research Lab Groups of the School of Health Professions

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