The primary focus of this lab for the past decade has been on examining the efficacy of novel approaches to improve the health and quality of life for patients with kidney failure. To this end, we study the individual and combined effects of exercise training and nutrition on patients undergoing maintenance dialysis therapy. Many interventions target the intradialytic period because past research indicates the hemodialysis process is associated with acute inflammation and oxidative stress that contribute to cardiovascular complications, muscle wasting, and other co-morbidities. The research questions and projects in our lab are often multi-disciplinary in nature, so we frequently collaborate with other laboratories in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health as well as other departments across the University of Illinois campus and at local clinics and hospitals.
- Impact of a novel low-sodium diet intervention on blood pressure and fluid retention in CKD patients with metabolic acidosis treated with Na-Bicarb
- Development and Testing of an Innovative Patient-Centered Physical Activity Program for Hemodialysis Patients
- Working on Wellness (WOW) – Orange and Blue Zone (OBZ) behavior program focusing on physical activity and nutrition with college students
- Dietary Sodium-Restriction and Renal Meals for Hemodialysis (DISaRM)
- Global Renal Exercise Network: assessing the impact of COVID-19 on exercise routines in clinicians & nephrology patients