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Dr. Michael LaFountaine, an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at the School of Health and Medical Sciences, Wins the 2013 New Investigator Award of the American College of Sports Medicine
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Dr. Michael LaFountain

Michael LaFountaine, EdD, ATC, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, was selected to receive the 2013 New Investigator Award of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

The New Investigator Award recognizes early career investigators who, "as a result of education, training and quality of initial independent research, have begun and are likely to continue to make a significant scientific contribution to knowledge in basic or clinical exercise science or sports medicine."

Dr. LaFountaine's research focuses on how traumatic neurological injuries affect endocrine function in the cardiovascular system. At Seton Hall, he is currently conducting research to examine the effects of concussive head trauma on autonomic nervous system control of the heart and vasculature. This study is also designed to identify whether or not steroid and adrenal hormones concentrations are negatively affected by the head injury, and if these changes contribute to adverse autonomic control of the heart.

The ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, with over 45,000 members from 90 countries. The organization's mission is to advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. 

Dr. LaFountaine will be formally recognized for this award on May 31 at the 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. He also will be presenting preliminary findings from a research study on sports-related concussion that was initiated during his doctoral studies at Columbia University and is now being conducted at Seton Hall.

For more information please contact:
Michael LaFountaine
(973) 275-2918


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