Core Facilities

Each department within the School of Public Health and Health Professions has its own discipline-specific research facilities as well as access to shared resources.

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The Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (BPNL) investigates mechanism of neurodegeneration following neurotrauma and occupational hazards, in translatable experimental animal models in a dedicated biomedical research facility equipped with in-house laboratory animal facilities along with unrestricted access to core facilities.

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BPNL is currently focusing on blast induced traumatic brain injury/stroke and its impact on vestibular/auditory dysfunction by studying sensory information processing and sensory-motor integration from the perspective of cellular and system neuroscience. The lab is equipped with state-of-art NIOSH version of acoustic shock tube that generates acoustic shock waves especially in low frequency spectrum to simulate blast induced TBI in animal models. In collaboration with Auditory/Vestibular Research Laboratory, outcome of BPNL research activities will be translated for development of integrated rehabilitation approach for veterans suffering from sensory impairment.

Research interest and training areas of Dr. Muthaiah’s lab includes

  • Determining the mechanisms underlying both the peripheral and central aspects of blast-induced auditory neurodegeneration.
  • Identification and characterization of potential therapeutic targets for manifestations of blast-induced traumatic brain injury, including hearing loss, cochlear synaptopathy, tinnitus and associated deficits.

Pilot studies were funded by Hearing Health Foundation (HHF).

Contact Dr. Muthaiah

Vijaya Prakash Krishnan Muthaiah, PT, PhD.

633 Kimball

Phone: (716) 829-6290

Fax: (716) 829-3217

Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
124 Biomedical Research Building
UB South Campus
Phone: 1 (716) 829-6722

Gait Analysis Lab

Contact Dr. Sisto

sue ann sisto.

510 Kimball

Fax: (716) 829-2609

Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Rehabilitation Physiology Lab

Professor Nadine Fisher of Rehabilitation Science works with Graduate Students and an exam subject in her Sherman Hall lab.

The Rehabilitation Physiology Lab conducts research on a wide range of individuals including the elderly and those with different physical disabilities. Recent extramurally funded studies have included the quantitative assessment of physiological function and functional performance and the effects of specific exercise interventions on the elderly and patients with juvenile arthritis, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis and post-polio syndrome. Students from the University at Buffalo, as well as other universities, frequently participate in internships, fellowships and graduate work in the Rehabilitation Physiology Lab.

Contact Dr. Fisher

Nadine M. Fisher.

30 Kimball

Phone: (716) 829-6724

Fax: (716) 829-3217

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Rehabilitation Physiology Laboratory
Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Center for Health Research

The Center for Health Research (CHR) is a full-service research facility available to all School of Public Health and Health Professions faculty conducting externally funded studies.

The CHR includes:

  • A reception room/waiting area
  • Six interview rooms, four of which are ventilated to accommodate smoking cessation research
  • Two multi-purpose rooms
  • A meeting/kitchen area
  • A phlebotomy room