The School of Public Health and Health Professions houses 29 clinical research laboratories, including the full-service 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:
Each department within the School of Public Health and Health Professions has its own discipline-specific research facilities as well as access to shared resources.
This facility houses specimens collected as part of the department’s epidemiological studies and clinical trials. The specimens are stored either in -80°C freezers and in cryogenic containers, or immersed in liquid nitrogen (-196 °C). A complex, secure computerized mapping system tracks the specimens and a sophisticated back-up system maintains integrity. The EEH specimen bank currently houses about 700,000 samples from approximately 20,000 participants.
Contact Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-829-5375.
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.
Study participant responds to pure tones of various frequencies inside a double walled soundproof chamber.
Study participant is responding with different level of sternocleidomastoid contraction along with Jendrassik maneuver based on the EMG feedback.
Tucker Davis Technologies stimulators and attenuators are used for the generation of pure tones for assessments.
Dr. Muthaiah is placing surface electrodes towards generation of vestibular evoked myogenic potentials and electromyogram from neck muscles.
Dr. Muthaiah is helping the subject for positioning in rotary chair which is part of I-Portal Neuro-Otologic Center.
Study subject is harnessed with safety supports and head mounted infra red goggles to acquire ocular movements.
The study participant is fully fitted with I-Portal digital eye tracking system and mounted on the rotary chair with adequate safety supports.
Dr. Muthaiah is completing patient positioning for testing the vestibular integrity of the study subjects.
BPNL is currently focusing on blast induced traumatic brain injury/stroke and its impact on vestibular/auditory dysfunction by studying sensory information processing and sensory-motor integration from the perspective of cellular and system neuroscience. The lab is equipped with state-of-art NIOSH version of acoustic shock tube that generates acoustic shock waves especially in low frequency spectrum to simulate blast induced TBI in animal models. In collaboration with Auditory/Vestibular Research Laboratory, outcome of BPNL research activities will be translated for development of integrated rehabilitation approach for veterans suffering from sensory impairment.
Research interest and training areas of Dr. Muthaiah’s lab includes
Pilot studies were funded by Hearing Health Foundation (HHF).
Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
124 Biomedical Research Building
UB South Campus
Phone: 1 (716) 829-6722
The Emergency Responder Human Performance Lab (ERHPL) is dedicated to promoting the health and safety of emergency responders through research, education and application.
We aim to develop and improve national guidelines and operational practices. Specifically, we seek to improve performance and safety during firefighting, hazardous material incidents and emergencies resulting from chemical, biological and radiological agents. We do this by improving knowledge and understanding of the physiological stresses that accompany work in various forms of personal protective equipment.
The computer lab in Cary 235 is maintained by the School of Public Health and Health Professions. Classes may be held throughout the semester, otherwise the lab is open for general student use (assignments, software access, printing, email, etc.). The lab is open to all faculty and students.
The Nutrition & Health Research Laboratory studies the influence of food and food additives on ingestive behavior in humans, and the factors that influence adults’ motivation to obtain food. Jennifer L. Temple, PhD, principal investigator and assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, is conducting NIH-funded research in the lab on the influence of caffeine administration on physiological, mood and psychological responses in adolescents.
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.