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Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is the lead author of an article published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer. The article is titled, "Signs of Early Sub-Clinical Atherosclerosis in Childhood Cancer Survivors," and it examined arterial blood vessel function in 319 childhood cancer survivors and 208 sibling controls. The results of this study demonstrated that early in life, childhood cancer survivors have changes in their arterial blood vessels that indicate an increased risk for premature atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

Professor of kinesiology StoffregenT-2013.jpgDr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) gave an invited talk at the University of Caen, France on Monday, January 6. The title of his talk was "La mer et le corps."

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Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP) [pictured above], and Tyler Bosch, doctoral candidate [pictured below] are recipients of the Scientific Manuscript Excellence Honor: Gary A. Dudley Memorial Paper for their article "Body Composition and Bone Mineral Density of National Football League Players." Their research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, examined the body composition of National Football League (NFL) players before the start of their regular season. The findings are a template for future studies examining fat, lean, and bone mass in NFL players.


The Gary A. Dudley Memorial Paper is one of the highest honors the National Strength and Conditioning Association gives for scholarship and is named after one of the pioneers in modern exercise physiology research.

ACH.jpg Dr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab (PAEL), and Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), are co-investigators of a recently funded Academic Health Center Seed Grant titled, "Effect of a Home-based Fitness Intervention on Cardiometabolic Risk Profile in Pediatric Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)." This seed grant is a pilot feasibility study to collect preliminary data for a large-scale exergaming intervention in children undergoing maintenance therapy for ALL.

MarlattK-2013.jpgKara Marlatt, a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology, is the lead author of an article published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Marlatt is a co-author with her adviser, Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP).

The full citation is: Marlatt KL, Steinberger J, Dengel DR, Sinaiko A, Moran A, Chow LS, Steffen LM, Zhou X, Kelly AS: Impact of pubertal development on endothelial function and arterial elasticity. The Journal of Pediatrics 2013,163(5):1432-1436.

Dr. Zan GaoDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab (PAEL), has recently has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid from the University's Office of the Vice President for Research, for his work on exergaming.

Gao's work is titled, "Effects of Exergaming on Urban Children's Physical Activity and Body Composition," and was designed to examine the impact of exergaming on underserved urban children's physical activity levels and body composition, as well as mediating role of psychosocial beliefs on the effects of exergaming.

A group of students from Minneapolis Southwest and Minnetonka High School, who are part of their school's exercise science courses, came to visit two of the School of Kinesiology's research facilities on December 11. Students went to the Center for Clinical Movement Lab and the Human and Sport Performance Lab to get first-hand experiences and connect what they are learning in class with what occurs in the laboratories. Students then had the chance to take part in testing and research while asking questions and interacting with the researchers.

Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is a co-author of an article to be published in the journal of Clinical Obesity.

The article is titled, "The Relative Contributions of the Abdominal Visceral and Subcutaneous Fat Depots to Cardiometabolic Risk in Youth." The research examined the effects of abdominal fat in children on the development of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors.

ElangovanN-2013.jpgNaveen Elangovan, doctoral student and trained physical therapist, served as the lead author in an article titled, "Assessing proprioceptive function: Evaluating joint position matching methods against psychophysical thresholds." The research compared three different methods for assessing proprioceptive function in humans.

The article is set to publish in Physical Therapy, a prestigious journal with an impact factor of 2.78. Co-authors of this article include Amanda Herrmann (M.S., '12) and Dr. Juergen Konczak, professor of kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab (HSCL).

Juergen.jpgJ├╝rgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, spoke at the the University of Minnesota Graduate Program in Neuroscience Colloquium Series on Novemeber 6. His talk was titled, "Somatosensory deficits as markers of basal-ganglia disease." Dr. Konczak is also a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience.

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