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Research in Health and Sport Sciences

Faculty within the Department of Health and Sport Sciences (HSS) are highly engaged in research within their respective disciplines. Some faculty are world-renown, developing and overseeing novel and focused research programs that command attention from investigators, clinicians, and other health specialists from around the world. Research within HSS is funded through both internal and external sources, with HSS faculty collectively securing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to support their work.

Due to the diversity of the academic disciplines within HSS, several laboratories and supportive research areas exist, which provide resources to faculty and post-doctoral fellows, as well as to graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Within and outside of HSS, facilities are available to support cell culture studies, pre-clinical animal investigations (from rodent to pig models), and human clinical investigations.

HSS Research Facilities
Facility Director
Buddington Nutrition Research Laboratory Randy Buddington, PhD
Bureau of Sport and Leisure Commerce Tim Ryan, PhD
Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology Laboratory Sami Yli-Piipari, PhD
The Human Performance Laboratories Lawrence W. Weiss, EdD
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory Chad Touchberry, PhD
Bone Densitometry and Body Composition Laboratory Richard J. Bloomer, PhD
Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory Richard J. Bloomer, PhD
Exercise Instructional Laboratory Robert Townsend, MS
Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory Lawrence W. Weiss, EdD
Exercise Training Intervention Laboratory Robert Townsend, MS
Motor Behavior Laboratory Yuhua Li, PhD

In addition to the above facilities, which are directed by HSS faculty, several other research resources are available both on and off-campus. For example, on-campus facilities such as The Integrated Microscopy Center (IMC) and The W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research are available to support faculty research. Off-campus opportunities for collaboration are multiple, with investigators at The University of TN Health Science Center, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in addition to various medical device companies within the Memphis area.

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Last Updated: 11/4/14