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
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.
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