Laboratory Director

Kenneth Wilund, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Phone: 217.265.6755
Fax: 217.244.7322
Email: kwilund@illinois.edu
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Degree

Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 2000

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Ken Wilund’s research focuses on exercise science. In the lab, he and his students determine how well lifestyle modifications such as exercise and diet affect the health of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The number of patients with this disorder is rising and that increase is projected to continue for a variety of reasons including the growing number of people with diabetes.

A progressive disorder, CKD is associated with severe metabolic disturbances that greatly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), osteoporosis, muscle wasting, and other disorders that contribute to extremely low physical function in this population. Current pharmacological therapies have failed to significantly improve the health and quality of life (QOL) for this rapidly growing patient population, therefore investigating the efficacy of alternative or supplemental therapies is paramount.

Our research will provide novel information regarding the effects of easy to administer lifestyle interventions on clinical outcomes and QOL in dialysis patients. Results from our work will enable nephrologists to make more informed decisions regarding the extent to which these low-cost strategies should be included as a component of the standard care in their clinics. Ultimately, this could lead to greater use of these treatments and result in significant improvements in the health and QOL of this critically ill patient population.

See curriculum vitae for information about awards, academic and professional honors, publications, professional associations and certifications.