New research and new collaboration are the goals for the University of Houston's department of health and human performance (HHP) as its Laboratory of Integrated Physiology (LIP) expands to the National Center for Human Performance in the Texas Medical Center (TMC).
"This opens the door to other investigators within the Medical Center who are working in similar areas of motor behavior," said Charles Layne, professor and department chair. "This is the culmination of years of work and marks the beginning of a new era in research for UH and for HHP."
The National Center for Human Performance was founded in 2004 with the goal of maintaining and enhancing human performance in the arts, sports, space exploration, military and in the public, through the ethical and appropriate applications of research and education in medicine and related sciences.
The department's LIP is the first occupant at the center. Its advisory board members include astronauts, former athletes, an Olympic coach and representatives from many TMC entities.
"We're excited about the caliber of research and research partners," Layne said. "By extension, our students will have opportunities to work alongside seasoned investigators who may one day become colleagues."
Established four years ago by the HHP department, the LIP is a fully equipped human performance, physiology, biochemistry laboratory capable of performing a wide variety of testing and analyses, ranging from the cellular and molecular levels up to the organ and systems levels. The cross-disciplinary expertise among the LIP researchers allows integrated study of the musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems using biochemical, physiological and engineering approaches.
"We're hopeful that our presence in the National Center for Human Performance will provide a focal point for multidisciplinary studies related to human neuromotor control," said Professor William
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