Research for a better future

Faculty members are tackling some of the world’s greatest health challenges, from infectious diseases to chronic conditions, such as diabetes, substance use and obesity.

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No. 9 in NIH research funding among schools of public health at public universities

$39.1 million in total research awards FY18-19

$25.1 million in NIH awards to college principal investigators

6 NIH-funded training programs


Hidden diabetes risk factor

A third of adults over 45 who don’t look like they could be at risk for developing diabetes — they’re slender — may actually meet the criteria for prediabetes. Scientists in health services research, management and policy propose that body fat percentage is a better predictor of prediabetes and diabetes risk than body mass index.

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Getting back in the game

Taking immediate action to remove athletes with concussion from play could help them recover faster. That’s the conclusion of a study by researchers in clinical and health psychology.

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Safe driving and community mobility

A lack of transportation can have a profoundly negative effect on a person’s health and well-being. Investigators in occupational therapy are evaluating older adults’ experiences with autonomous vehicle technology.

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Stopping infectious diseases

Researchers in environmental and global health have made a number of significant discoveries involving emerging mosquito-borne viruses. These include evidence of Zika transmission through breast milk, a new “American” strain of chikungunya in mosquitos in Haiti and the first active human case of Keystone virus.


Aging and the brain

In a new study funded by a $5.7 million grant, researchers are examining whether the effects of cognitive training in older adults can be enhanced by pairing it with electrical stimulation delivered by a weak current through electrodes placed on the scalp. The study is led by clinical and health psychology faculty.

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Predicting pain

Knowing who is at risk for chronic pain could help clinicians tailor treatments to control pain and limit prescription drug use. In a recent study, physical therapy researchers pinpointed patient characteristics associated with long-term musculoskeletal pain.

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Improving health outcomes for people with HIV

While there is some evidence that marijuana may improve HIV-related symptoms, there is still a lot experts do not know about its health effects. Scientists in epidemiology hope to answer some of these questions with support from a new $3.2 million grant National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Breakthrough in Duchenne treatment

Researchers recently announced that a new drug called edasalonexent had been shown to slow the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Physical therapy scientists played a major role in the study and in several other Duchenne clinical trials.

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Centers and Institutes

The college houses several research centers and institutes focused on a wide array of research topics

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