Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor of exercise science in the College of Health Sciences, is world-renowned for her research in age and sex differences in muscle fatigue. In addition to fielding requests for keynote addresses at international conferences, her work has been commissioned by NASA.
When Hunter sets her sights on a new research opportunity, she does so with a nearly unparalleled tenacity and sense of purpose – qualities that helped make her the recipient of the 2014 Way Klingler Fellowship in science, an award that will provide $50,000 annually for three years.
“It’s a huge honor,” Hunter says. “Without this award, this new area of research would not happen.”
Her new focus is on type 2 diabetes, a disease that continues to gain attention as global obesity rates rise.
Hunter’s research will focus on blood flow and fatigue in the central nervous system in non-insulin dependent patients with diabetes. Working with a clinical population will allow her to test her prediction of a blunted blood flow response and greater fatigue in the central nervous system, which she predicts will account for the greater muscle fatigue in people with type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, assistant professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences, received the Way Klingler Young Scholar award.
The award provides for a one semester sabbatical, the primary objective of which is to prepare an R01 research grant application for submission in February 2015.
"I'm honored to receive the Young Scholar award," Hyngstrom said. "The award will provide the opportunity to write a grant application that will build on pilot data collected from previous funding from the Clinical and Transitional Science Institute and the American Heart Association."
Hyngstrom said the overall goals of the research will be to examine neural mechanisms of neuromuscular fatigue post-stroke, and to develop a clinical training protocol to enhance leg function post-stroke.