Labs & Programs
The Anatomy Lab is used to teach clinical gross anatomy in a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Through hands-on evaluation of the human body, students broaden their understanding of how our multiple body systems work together to achieve our wide range of dynamic activities. State of the art equipment allows for a wide range of teaching techniques, including computers for students to do online research while examining body regions. Dissections can also be captured in real time for distance learning.
BADER Treadmill Lab
The BADER Treadmill Lab pushes people and technologies to the brink in a controlled and safe environment. Using what we learn at the brink is what moves the technology forward to advance orthopaedic rehabilitation research in orthotics and prosthetics for Wounded Warriors. Getting past the brink allows individuals with limb difference and limb loss to reach optimal function. Built on existing collaborations, strengths, and partnerships, researchers from exercise science, applied physiology, biomechanics, engineering, and physical therapy come together to develop orthopaedic rehabilitation devices and novel treatment strategies.
Cardiovascular Physiology Core Lab
Cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, heart failure, and stroke affect Delawareans at a rate significantly above the national average. In the Cardiovascular Physiology Core Lab, our faculty and graduate students are studying the mechanisms and consequences of declining cardiovascular function as well as interventions to improve cardiovascular health. Current areas of research include vascular function, neural control of blood pressure, and microcirculation and bone. The close proximity of the lab to the Nurse Managed Health Center at the STAR Campus facilitates this clinically based research.
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology Teaching Labs
The Kinesiology & Applied Physiology Teaching Labs provide exercise science and athletic training students with interactive, hands-on instructional experiences in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor control. Anatomical models and simulation software enable students to learn concepts of human anatomy and physiology in a dedicated teaching space that features state-of-the-art equipment. Many of our students go on to physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and other graduate and professional programs.
The Neurophysiology Lab uses newly developed neuroscience technology to better understand how the brain works. Investigators use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to measure levels of brain activity in people while they are performing certain activities like walking or reaching. TMS and another tool known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can also be used to temporarily change activity levels in certain brain areas. These techniques help investigators develop and test interventions to improve recovery of movement and function in people who have experienced a devastating brain injury like as a stroke.
Physical Therapy Teaching Lab
The Physical Therapy Teaching Lab has new “Hi Lo” electric treatment tables that allow teaching of examination and intervention skills with appropriate body mechanics using best-practice philosophies. The Physical Therapy Flex Lab contains convertible space for didactic and laboratory instruction, while furniture design encourages group interactions and collaborations. The open configuration allows practice of gait, wheelchair, and rehabilitation skills. State-of-the-art technology connects the classrooms with the clinic and anatomy lab, promotes multi-sensory learning, and enables more intimate viewing of manual techniques and lab activities.