Muscle Biology Laboratory

The focus of MBL is to better understand the fundamental mechanisms controlling skeletal muscle protein homeostasis. Current studies focus on alterations of muscle protein synthesis and degradation with advancing age, after exercise and during periods of stimulated microgravity or disuse.

Motor Behavior Laboratories

The Motor Behavior Laboratories is comprised of four laboratories: the Coordination Dynamics Laboratory, the Motor Development Laboratory, the Motor Control Laboratory and the Motor Learning/Control Laboratory.
Studies developed and undertaken in the Coordination Dynamics Laboratory focus on identifying the perception-action processes that underlie the control and learning of multi-joint limb movements.  The Motor Development Laboratory is involved in inquiry related to motor behavior from a developmental perspective. 

Redox Biology & Cell Signaling Laboratory

The RBCSL is dedicated to investigating the role of pro-oxidants in normal skeletal muscle function as well as skeletal muscle dysfunction with physical inactivity and disease. The goals of the lab are (a) to reduce the human suffering and increase the quality of life of Texans and Americans afflicted by skeletal muscle wasting with heart disease, muscular dystrophy, etc. and (b) to substantially reduce the risk and incidence of modern chronic disease by improving the function and antioxidant state of skeletal muscle.

Vascular Biology Laboratory

The Vascular Biology Laboratory (VBL) focuses on the interactive effects of aging and exercise training on skeletal muscle vascular beds.  The lab’s mission is to understand how the structure and function of arteries change with age and how these changes increase cardiovascular disease risk in the elderly.  In addition, we are determining mechanisms by which exercise training attenuates, or reverses, the detrimental effects of aging on vascular function.

Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity

The Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL) is engaged in ongoing translational research on nutrition, exercise and metabolism in relation to aging and the common diseases of our aging population. Translation of knowledge from basic and applied sciences to care and clinical practice for older adults is the overall goal of our group.

Center for Sport Management Research and Education

The Center for Sport Management Research and Education is designed to be a catalyst in bringing together an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the study of sport and athletics management, and generate and diffuse timely and appropriate knowledge concerning the practice and application of sport and athletics management.
The goals of CSMRE are:

Promote and support interdisciplinary research specific to the sport and athletics industry;

Transdisciplinary Center For Health Equity Research

TCHER engages in a variety of research, education, service and community outreach activities related to the reduction and elimination of health disparities.  TCHER also contributes to the national research agenda related to health disparities and the existing as well as emerging health needs of ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged or vulnerable sub-groups of the population of all racial/ethnic identification.

Space Life Sciences Graduate Training Program

The goal of SLS is to develop a cadre of scientists capable of performing the work necessary to solve the most critical problems in space life sciences that limit long duration space flight such as: 1) bone loss 2) muscle wasting 3) health effects of cosmic radiation 4) changes in metabolism and 5) the consequences of being in a catabolic state while in space. In addition, students will gain the specific training in either nutritional and/or exercise physiology countermeasures against these major biological problems.

Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine

With a $2.5 million endowment, the mission of the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance is threefold: to facilitate cutting-edge research in Sports Medicine, to contribute to better practice and development in Sports Medicine, and to help the public understand the science behind sports medicine and human performance. These missions work to create an active interchange of information and research findings among strength and sport conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, health and wellness coordinators, clinicians, scientists, and the general public.

Chronic Conditions among Communities of Color (4C)

The 4C is coordinated by Dr. Idethia Shevon Harvey and focuses on understanding the social and environmental determinants of chronic disease and implementing interventions to improve prevention and control.
4C's research program is divided into three areas:

The social determinants of diabetes and obesity among aging minority adults,

Interventions to improve diabetes outcomes, and

Translation of research findings in real-world setting.


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