HLKN Labs & Institutes
Aging & Translational Research in Medicine Lab
The main focus of the muscle metabolism laboratory is to determine effective treatments for muscle loss in several different populations, including cancer and aging. Current studies include how anabolic treatments such as testosterone and/or amino acid supplementation influence muscle metabolism in cancer patients. Additionally, the lab studies blood flow and muscle perfusion as it relates to aging.
The Applied Exercise Science Laboratory (AESL) trains graduate and undergraduate students for professions in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiology, sports medicine, sports physiology and worksite fitness/ health promotion. The laboratory also serves firefighters, law-enforcement officials and employees and students of Texas A&M University through the FITLIFE exercise program.
Biology of Physical Activity Laboratory
BPA determines the biological and genetic pathways that regulate physical activity in humans. The lab uses both human and mouse models in both genetic and proteomic investigations.
Bone Biology Laboratory
The long-standing objective of the Bone Biology Laboratory is to understand the bone response to increased loading (exercise) or decreased loading (immobilization, microgravity) using an integrative physiology approach. Related lines of inquiry focus on nutritional (restricted caloric/protein intake) and endocrine modifiers of the bone response to exercise and to simulated microgravity. Lastly, exercise/muscle contraction is frequently tested as an intervention for bone loss due to disuse or to clinical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.
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.
Division: Sport Management
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.
The Child & Adolescent Health Research Lab is a collaboration between the Department of Health and Kinesiology, the Texas A&M School of Public Health and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences’ Youth Development Program.
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.
The Coaching Academy helps individuals reach their goals related to the variety of opportunities the coaching field provides. Educational experiences are provided to assist students, student-athletes and current coaches to achieve their career objectives, as they positively influence those they coach, and the communities in which they interact.Coaching Academy
The Exercise & Sports Nutrition Lab (ESNL) evaluates the interaction between exercise and nutrition on health, disease and human performance. The lab’s mission is to help disseminate research findings to the scientific and lay communities through research presentations, publications, media interviews and individual and group counseling.
Exercise Genetics Laboratory
The Exercise Genetics Laboratory identifies biological mediators of adaptions to exercise training and elucidates the mechanistic basis for chronic disease associated with low levels of fitness. The lab uses the genetic/genomic approaches, quantitative trait (QTL) mapping and haplotype analysis, to investigate the genetic basis for individual variation in response to exercise training.
The Health Promotion and Genomics Lab focuses on the cutting-edge field of public health genomics. The lab’s mission is to train and engage health educators to maximize the benefits of genomic discoveries and minimize the potential harm to the lay public and underserved populations.
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.
Human Countermeasures Laboratory
The purpose of HCL is the integrative study of nutritional and exercise countermeasures for the prevention and treatment of the effects of inactivity, aging and microgravity on musculoskeletal performance and disease. The lab’s approach is to identify environmental and genetic factors that contribute to inter-individual variability in muscle loss or variability in response to intervention.
Laboratory for Diversity in Sport is part of the Center for Sport Management Research and Education and is dedicated to producing and disseminating research related to all forms of diversity within the sport and leisure context.
Division: Sport Management
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.
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.
Office of Digital Learning Technologies
The Office of Digital Learning Technologies (DLT) develops and delivers the online courses and programs offered through HLKN. The office employs a team of staff, graduate assistants, and student workers to ensure the best possible learning experience for students enrolled in its courses.
The DLT provides instructional design recommendations to faculty and multimedia production of learning content, and builds the courses within the learning management systems used by HLKN.
Division: Health, Kinesiology, Sport Management
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.
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.
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.
Division: HealthTCHER Website
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.