The center's research mission is to build a foundation of excellence for innovative and large-scale, multi-investigator studies that help advance the field of exercise biology and medicine. UCEM's studies are biologically driven with the goal of better understanding mechanisms underpinning skeletal muscle atrophy and neuromuscular dysfunction, and exercise-induced health benefits in disease prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.
UCEM's research mission has lead to receiving multiple extramural awards. These awards are centered on one or more of 5 UCEM research pillars: Precision, Regeneration, Reghabilitation, Interaction, and Sustainability.
Through these awards, there are several active and exciting exercise medicine studies being conducted by Center Members including: Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans (MoTrPAC) program, that aims to uncover at the molecular level how exercise improves and preserves the health of the body’s tissues and organs; Precision High-Intensity Training Through Epigenetics (PHITE), that is designed to find out ways to overcome inadequate physical fitness that challenges a warfighter’s readiness; Antihypertensives Combined with Exercise for Seniors with Hypertension (ACES), a randomized control trial to determine if choice of antihypertensive medication influences changes in functional status and other cardiovascular risk factors among older persons with hypertension.