University of Louisville Magazine

WINTER-SPRING 2014

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1 6 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U Research Keeping the pounds at bay UofL is doing its part to tackle obesity in Kentucky. Faculty at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the School of Medicine are working to help Kentuckians shed pounds and adopt healthier lifestyles. In rural Meade County, UofL Professor Kristi King works with local residents to boost physical activity. King, a part of CEHD's Department of Health and Sport Sciences, is principal investigator for community- based initiatives funded through the Social Innovation Fund, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and community-matching grants. "In communities where access to prevention and treatment services is limited, physical activity is especially important for controlling obesity," King said. The Meade County project addresses health disparities by providing programs for low-income families who would not otherwise have access to these opportunities. At the School of Medicine, research on obesity — and its damage to the body — is underway at the Center for Diabetes and Obesity. Center director Aruni Bhatnagar and his team recently received an $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their work — their second such grant to fund a national Center for Biomedical Research Excellence effort. Their two-pronged approach combines research with public education. "We approach diabetes and obesity, not only as individual disease states, but as pieces of a larger, more comprehensive puzzle," Bhatnagar said. Kosair Charities gift to help pediatric rehabilitation research At 3 years old, Kyle Bartolini suffered a severe spinal cord injury from an accident that was supposed to leave him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Thanks to pioneering efforts by UofL faculty and staff, he took his f rst steps 17 months after his injury. Now, at 13, he continues to improve and has avoided typical complications of his injury. Andrea Behrman, PhD, PT professor of neurological surgery, is a pioneer in the use of Locomotor Training in children to help them re- gain use of paralyzed limbs. The intense form of physical therapy was developed by Susan Harkema, PhD, UofL professor of neurological surgery, and Behrman. Kosair Charities recently provided UofL with $7.3 million in support of Behrman's work exploring how to help children regain the use of limbs paralyzed as the result of spinal cord injuries and other causes. "Our partnership with Kosair Charities is directly aligned with what we are trying to achieve and the children we are trying to help," Behrman says. "The support Kosair Chari- ties provides is critical for improving the quality of life for children with neurologi- cal def cits and their fami- lies and for to advancing the science of rehabilitation." Left to right: Andrea Behrman, MD, Kyle Bartolini, Jamie Bartolini Professor Kristi King Center Director Aruni Bhatnagar U L _ 1 6 1 6 UL_16 16 1 / 2 4 / 1 4 9 : 5 3 A M 1/24/14 9:53 AM

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