Welcome to the Human Performance Laboratory at East Carolina University
The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is an interdisciplinary research and service unit administratively housed within the College of Health and Human Performance. We hope that our website provides you a glimpse into our programs which span undergraduate to post-doctoral education, translational research, as well as service to the university and local communities.
A building series of presentations aimed at dispelling typical myths associated with exercise and human performance.
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A gathering place for fitness news and motivation put together by Students, Staff and Faculty in the HPL F.I.T.T. building.
Congratulations William Mayo
William (Bill) Mayo successfully defended his Masters thesis entitled "The Effects of Statins on Mitochondrial Function" on May 7th, 2013.
Bill is pictured to the right with his primary research mentor, Dr. Darrell Neufer, Physiology Professor and Director of the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute.
Exercise Physiology Masters student Steven Roseno wins research presentation award.
Steven Roseno and mentor Dr. Jeff Brault
The East Carolina University 7th Annual Research and Creative Achievement Week kicked off this April with the Human Performance Lab well represented. Five Bioenergetics and Exercise Physiology Ph.D. students and one Exercise Physiology Masters student presented.
Steve Roneno won the 3013 RCAW Master's Biomedical Oral presentation award. His talk was titled "High-fat diet induced obesity increases serum myostatin, but does not accelerate skeletal muscle atrophy."
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HPL affiliated Ph.D. student presentations included:
J. Matthew Hinkley
"Activation of CaMKK1 Signaling Increases the Expression of GLUT3 in Mouse Skeletal Muscle."
"Relationship Between Muscle Stiffness And Strength: A Pilot Study."
"Identification of TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 as novel substrates of CaMKK1 in vitro."
"Lipid oversupply remodels DNA methylation in genes that play vital roles in fatty acid oxidation."
"SMAD3 and FoxO coordinately regulate MuRF-1 transcription."
ECU Kinesiology students take 1st place in SEACSM Quiz Bowl.
ECU Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Students Capture 1st Place in the SEACSM Quiz Bowl.
Three ECU Undergraduate Exercise Physiology students captured 1st place in the Southeast Chapter American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Quiz bowl held Feb. 15 at the annual SEACSM meeting in Greenville, SC. The team competed in a Jeopardy style contest against 18 other teams from colleges and universities throughout the southeast. The ECU team goes on to represent the Southeast region in the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting Quiz bowl that will be held in Indianapolis this year.
Those students representing ECU were Beth Ackerman, Jonathan Powell, and Jacob Ridings. This is only the second year that ECU has participated in the quiz bowl.
ECU Kinesiology student selected for the 2013 SEACSM Leadership & Diversity Training Program Award
James Montgomery (photo center), an undergraduate student in Exercise Physiology, was one of 5 regional award recipients for the 2013 Leadership & Diversity Training Program at SEACSM. The award included a $500 stipend, tickets to the Women's Breakfast and assignment to a mentor with a rich history of service within ACSM at this years conference. The conference was attended in Greenville, SC, February 14-16.
James is pictured above with two of the ECU Kinesiology faculty who recommended him for the award. Chuck Tanner (left) and Kandy Houmard (right).
James is an aspiring Physical Therapists and is attending his internship in the Physical Therapy Department at ECU this spring. James hopes to attend a summer internship in Bolivia, South America and then on to graduate school for Physical Therapy at Bayor University.
The Human Performance Lab takes Dave Mirra to his max.
Most of us know Dave Mirra from his outstanding career in freestyle BMX, especially those of us in Greenville , NC. Lately you can find Dave racing on the Rally circuit with Subaru Rally Team USA. And now most recently Dave is training to compete in Ironman distance triathlons.
Ever the competitor Dave came to the Human Performance Lab to have a maximal oxygen consumption test (VO2max). This provided him information about his current conditioning and HPL faculty discussed strategies to help him improve in the future. We will be watching out for Dave as he transitions into triathlon competition.