Department: Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Stephen Brown

Our research is dedicated to understanding mechanisms that dictate healthy function of the human spine, and ultimately the causes and consequences of low back injury and pain. To do this we study the mechanics and physiology of the lumbar spine and its musculature. We use both human and animal models to understand different aspects of how spine movement is achieved and what ‘normal’ movement looks like, the role of muscle in producing this movement and stabilizing the spine, and how the spine and muscle both adapt to injury and how they can be rehabilitated from injury.

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Genevieve Newton

My current research falls into three domains, all of which relate to knowledge mobilization. My first research domain relates to knowledge mobilization in nutrition, including (but not limited to) dairy products and alternatives as foods for health. This component of my research is as a co-investigator with the Guelph Family Health Study. My second research domain relates to knowledge mobilization in musculoskeletal health, with a focus on evidence-based clinical practice. My third research domain relates to knowledge mobilization in higher education, with a focus on identifying strategies to enhance student learning in undergraduate and graduate biological science at the course and program level. Overall, the goal of my research is improve the communication of scienc

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Philip Millar

My human research program has three primary areas of interest.
First, we are using single-unit muscle sympathetic nerve recordings to understand the organization and regulation of the sympathetic nervous system in response to a stress. We have shown (PMID: 30388036) the capacity for differential control of postganlionic sympathetic single units directed towards skeletal muscle.
Second, we are determining the mechanisms responsible for inter-individual variability in blood pressure responses to exercise. We have made key contributions to determining the role of genetic variants and muscle strength in this area (PMID: 30206938; 29135658).
Third, we study the clinical utility of exercise rehabilitation and are currently conducting a exercise training study in patients with Parkinson's.

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