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The School of Kinesiology is home to 10 labs and centers, including two new centers in 2012. Dr. Zan Gao's Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (EPI) and Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal's Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL) joined the School's renowned docket of research centers. Gao's lab focuses on improving the health of Americans through empirical research with the innovative focus on exergaming--using video games in physical activity interventions. The SMPL studies the psychological and social factors that relate to physical activity injury risk, response and recovery, such as the emotional responses of. . . [Read Full Story]
The Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), directed by Associate Professor Don Dengel, is located in Mariucci Arena on the U of MN's East Bank. The focus of the LIHP is to examine the effects of various diseases (cancer, obesity, etc.) and treatments (aerobic exercise, weight loss, medication, etc.) on peripheral, cardiac and cerebral vascular systems in an integrative approach. To measure the human body in an integrative approach, the lab uses many state of the art techniques--some of which were developed or adapted in house. The LIHP works closely. . . [Read Full Story]
Under the direction of Professor Jürgen Konczak, the main research goal of the HSCL is to understand how the human brain controls movement. To do this, the lab focuses on both the development and changing of motor function across the lifespan, as well as the etiology and mechanisms of neurological disease that affect the motor system. In the past, much of the lab's work has centered around the development of proprioceptive and motor function in infants and children and how these functions change over time. The other focus of the. . . [Read Full Story]
The Human and Sport Performance Lab's (HSPL) cohort of graduate students consistently brings passion to their academic work and research endeavors, often with their research questions inspired by their own participation in sport and physical activity. By drawing on their involvement with physical activity, these graduate students bring unique perspectives to their research experiences. Below you will meet some of the bright HSPL graduate students who are translating their everyday activities into ground-breaking research! Sam Johnson (Concordia University St. Paul Track and Field Long and Triple Jump Coach): Sam combines. . . [Read Full Story]
The Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES) has a long history of research success dating back to the 1930's and is a national leader in studying human health, nutrition, and disease. It has showcased the work of well-known and seminal researchers such as Ancel Keys, Elsworth Buskirk, Henry Taylor, Henry Blackburn, and Arthur Leon. Dr. Li Li Ji, Professor and Director of the School of Kinesiology, is humbled to join the above-mentioned group of respected researchers. A world-renowned researcher in Exercise Physiology, he now leads our legendary LPHES,. . . [Read Full Story]

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