College featured in 2020 UWM Research magazine

Researchers direct a child through a test at a mobility lab

Dr. Brooke Slavens (second from right) and her research team in the UWM Mobility Laboratory assess gait biomechanics of a participant with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). Their research aims to use motion capture technology to identify a genetic phenotype for children with hEDS and improve early diagnosis and therapeutic interventions.

The 2020 edition of the UWM Research magazine has launched. It highlights the stories and work of nearly 100 UWM faculty members, students and staff, including several of the College of Health Sciences’ own.

An early diagnosis

Associate Professor Brooke Slavens, PhD, and Professor Joyce Engel, PhD, OT, FAOTA, along with their research team and partners are researching a condition that has no known cure: Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS). hEDS is an inherited disorder where patients often experience frequent joint dislocations, chronic joint pain, and skin that is extremely pliable and easily bruised. The team’s goal is to devise better treatment and care plans for hEDS patients. Read the full story

The impact of a Navajo tax on junk food

Dean and Professor Timothy K. Behrens, PhD, CHES, FACSM, was featured for his research about the impacts of the Navajo Nation imposing a 2 percent junk food tax within its reservation. A tax that small might not discourage purchases, but its proceeds are distributed to constituents for wellness activities. Behrens is part of the research team studying how the money has been spent, how residents feel about it and how health statistics have changed since its implementation. Read the full story

The promise that yoga poses for health

PhD Health Sciences student Bethany Forseth is investigating yoga’s impact on three health markers: mental health, inflammation and mitochondrial function, or the cells’ ability to create energy. She is advised by Professor Janis Eells, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor Jeri-Anne Lyons, PhD, and Associate Professor Michele Polfuss, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, from the College of Nursing. Read the full story

With nearly 60 stories, the 2020 edition features work from each of UWM’s research-conducting schools and colleges. In addition to in-depth features, stunning photography and eye-catching design, you’ll find spotlight sections on entrepreneurship and health, as well as special sections dedicated to the impressive work of UWM’s undergraduate and graduate researchers. Together, these stories demonstrate why UWM is one of America’s top research universities.