Facilities and Centers

Each department in the School of Public Health and Health Professions has its own discipline-specific research facilities as well as access to shared resources.

Our Research Labs:

Brain Function and Recovery

The Brain Function and Recovery Lab (BFR) uses neuromotor, neurocognitive, and neurophysiological measures to better understand sport-related, military-related, and intimate-partner violence-related acquired brain injury. The lab also focuses on identifying cutting-edge interventions to facilitate recovery in brain injury populations. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art posturography machine and neuromodulation devices with unrestricted access to body-weight supported treadmill machine and motion-capture systems. This lab is also engaged in community-based research to identify approaches to increase knowledge of and access to health care in vulnerable populations of brain injury.

Calibration of computerized dynamic posturagraphy equipment in the Brain Function and Recovery Lab.

Public health undergraduate student Isaac Asante helps Dr. Saleem calibrate computerized dynamic posturagraphy equipment.

The Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (BPNL) investigates mechanism of neurodegeneration following neurotrauma and occupational hazards, in translatable experimental animal models in a dedicated biomedical research facility equipped with in-house laboratory animal facilities along with unrestricted access to core facilities.

Gait Analysis Lab

The Gait Analysis Lab investigates gait, balance and motor performance, exploring movement of individuals with motor impairments. The lab uses 12 cameras and reflective markers as part of a 3-D motion capture system, and wireless electromyography (EMG) sensors detecting muscle activation, to study how the human body walks through space. 

Neuromuscular Physiology

The Neuromuscular Physiology Lab investigates how communication between motor neurons and muscle fibers guides the development of the neuromuscular junction and how this communication breaks-down following trauma, disease, or aging. Ultimately, we are interested in identifying potential targets to be used by regenerative medicine for treatment of denervation, sarcopenia or muscle-wasting diseases. The lab utilizes confocal microscopy, calcium imaging, muscle EMG, and cellular neurophysiology in transgenic animal models.

Rehabilitation Physiology Lab

Professor Nadine Fisher of Rehabilitation Science works with Graduate Students and an exam subject in her Sherman Hall lab.

The Rehabilitation Physiology Lab conducts research on a wide range of individuals including the elderly and those with different physical disabilities. Recent extramurally funded studies have included the quantitative assessment of physiological function and functional performance and the effects of specific exercise interventions on the elderly and patients with juvenile arthritis, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis and post-polio syndrome. Students from the University at Buffalo, as well as other universities, frequently participate in internships, fellowships and graduate work in the Rehabilitation Physiology Lab.

Center for Health Research

The Center for Health Research (CHR) is a full-service research facility available to all School of Public Health and Health Professions faculty conducting externally funded studies.

The CHR includes:

  • A reception room/waiting area
  • Six interview rooms, four of which are ventilated to accommodate smoking cessation research
  • Two multi-purpose rooms
  • A meeting/kitchen area
  • A phlebotomy room

Center for Assistive Technology

The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) explores the functional utility of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services in support of persons with disabilities.

Our federally sponsored research and development projects study, create and apply models, methods and metrics that link scientific research, engineering development and commercial production to transform knowledge into beneficial impacts. Our client service programs deliver assessment, training, demonstration and loan services to facilitate computer and environmental access in the context of school, work and independent living goals. Activities integrate multiple disciplines and span economic sectors to improve the quality of life for persons with any level of impairment, across all ages and within any environment.

Activities within these project areas are multidisciplinary and integrate government, academic, public health and business sectors to improve quality of life for persons with disabilities.