Research Labs, University of Illinois at Chicago

Exercise Psychology Laboratory (EPL)

Director: David X. Marquez, PhD
The EPL attempts to study and ultimately reduce health disparities. They particularly focus on different populations that are affected, including racial and ethnic minorities, residents of rural areas, women, children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Integrative Physiology Laboratory’s (IPL)

The Integrative Physiology Laboratory’s (IPL) faculty research focuses on health-related research across several disciplines using translational approaches that are both cellular and whole-body in scope.  The current faculty’s research integrates aspects of cardiovascular function, metabolism, inflammation, hydration and nutrition status and exercise/physical activity, in healthy individuals and  in populations at risk or who suffer from chronic disease, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, etc.  The IPL utilizes state-of-the-art applied and basic techniques to accomplish its research goals. (Website currently under construction.)

Laboratory of Human Nutrition and Obesity

Director: Carol Braunschweig, PhD
The Laboratory of Human Nutrition and Obesity has research focused in three major areas: the assessment of how nutritional intake and non-volitional nutritional support (parenteral and enteral feedings) impact overall risks and clinical outcomes in hospitalized patients, the impact of obesity and body composition on disease risks in various populations including women, the disabled and minority populations, and the design, implementation and assessment of exercise and nutrition interventions for obesity prevention and treatment.

Motor Control and Movement Disorders Group

Director: Daniel Corcos, PhD
Uses systems neuroscience techniques to understand how the human brain controls movement in neurologically healthy individuals and people with movement disorders. Recent and current studies include investigating issues such as basal ganglia function, role of the cerebellum in visuomotor control, aging-related changes in force steadiness, and treatment interventions in essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory

Directors: Mark D. Grabiner, PhD, Karen L. Troy, PhD
Dedicated to the study of the influence of aging processes on locomotion, and how these influences conspire to increase the incidence of fall-related injury. The goal of the laboratory's work is to reduce the incidence of falls by older adults.

Vascular Health Lab

Director: Michael Brown, PhD
The VHL focuses on elucidating the mechanisms by which changes in lifestyle factors lead to beneficial changes in both conventional and nonconventional cardiovascular disease risk factors. It focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on African Americans as their morbidity and mortality rates from cardiovascular disease, particularly hypertension, exceed other US populations. A combination of cell/molecular biology, human intervention, and community involvement uniquely positions us the VHL a translational research group in vascular health.

Distinguished Speaker Series

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Hannah Landecker

September 19, 2014

Distinguished Speaker Series: Metabolism After Epigenetics - From Food as Fuel to Nutrition as Regulation
Presented by Hannah Landecker, PhD

Carol Braunschweig

October 10, 2014

Distinguished Speaker Series: Impact of Feeding Critically Ill Patients - Timing is Everything
Presented by Carol Braunschweig, PhD

Jerome Frenette, PhD

November 14, 2014

Distinguished Speaker Series: Topic TBD
Presented by Jerome Frenette, PhD

Michael Brown

December 5, 2014

Distinguished Speaker Series: Topic TBD
Presented by Michael Brown, PhD

Donald McClain

February 20, 2015

Distinguished Speaker Series: Topic TBD
Presented by Donald McClain, MD, PhD