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Muscle Biology and Imaging Laboratory

The mission of the laboratory is to unravel the complex mechanisms of human skeletal muscle function. To accomplish this, we study the muscle's response to an environmental challenge, such as overexertion, disuse, and training. Our studies currently focus on understanding the underpinnings of muscle damage, atrophy, and hypertrophy and their functional outcomes.

Department(s): 

Kinesiology

College/Unit: 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Priscilla Clarkson

Resources: 

Spot insight QE camera, EclipseNET 1.16, EC135-90 power supply, IEC MicroMax RF refrigerated centrifuge, Sorvall Legend RT refrigerated centrifuge, Ultrasonic cell disruptor, Ultra Turrax homogenizer, OWL electrophoretic separation systems for agarose and Polyacrylamide gels, VWR RNA Workstation, Fotodyne Image analysis system (UV and white light)

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Motor Control Laboratory

The Motor Control Laboratory has 2 research sites: 1) an Exercise Neuroscience Lab and 2) a Motor Behavior Lab. The Exercise Neuroscience Laboratory includes resources appropriate for the study of human neuromuscular physiology.

Department(s): 

Kinesiology

College/Unit: 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Gary Kamen

Resources: 

Motion Analysis System (2-D and 3-D), Surface and indwelling EMG recording equipment, electrocutaneous stimulators, transcranial magnetic stimulation devices, instrumentation recorder, oscilloscopes

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Fitness & Wellness Laboratory

The Excercise Science department sponsors a fitness test and evaluation program to students, faculty, staff, and the community. The goals of the program are to provide multiphase physical fitness testing to determine risk of coronary heart disease and sports injury, for those planning to begin a fitness program, for overweight individuals and for research and development of exercise and fitness-testing programs.

Department(s): 

Kinesiology

College/Unit: 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Frank Rife

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Exercise Physiology Laboratory

The Exercise Physiology Laboratory houses a range of equipement for measuring and monitoring human metabolic activity during exertion, including measurements of resting metabolic rate.

Department(s): 

Kinesiology

College/Unit: 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Patty S. Freedson

Resources: 

Lab equipment includes on-line data acquisition system for evaluation of respiratory gas exchange, 6 ft x 8 ft treadmill (can be used for in-line skating and roller skiing), automated lactate and glucose analyzers, telemetry heart-rate monitors, portable oxygen uptake measurement system, computer-based anaerobic power measurement system, underwater weighing tank, and a core temperature monitoring system

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Center for Nutrition in Sport and Human Performance

The center provides educational support for health and fitness professionals as well as off campus coaches and athletic trainers who typically do not have formal training in sport/exercise nutrition. Education regarding issues of weight management, nutrition supplementation, eating disorders, and chronic fatigue due to poor eating behaviors are provided.

Department(s): 

Kinesiology
Nutrition
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Stella L. Volpe

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Center for Research and Education in Women's Health

The Center for Research and Education in Women's Health (CREWH) was established at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1997 to promote the health of women of all ages. CREWH is innovative in focusing on the prevention rather than the treatment of disease. It breaks ground too in the range of disciplines it unites: the many UMass schools and departments it draws on include Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Exercise Science, Nutrition, Anthropology, Women's Studies and Nursing.

Department(s): 

Public Health
Shared Resource
Womens Studies

College/Unit: 

School of Nursing

Contact: 

Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson

Location: 

Arnold House, 715 North Pleasant Street

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Biomechanics Laboratory

Biomechanics Research Laboratory utilizes the science of mechanics and associated methodology to investigate selected problems of human motion.

Department(s): 

Kinesiology

College/Unit: 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Joseph Hamill, Graham E. Caldwell

Location: 

23-B Totman Hall

Resources: 

high speed video, minicomputer work station, force plate, load cells, EMG signals

Availability: 

Private

Research: