Brian Clark, PhD
Brian Clark is a professor of physiology and neuroscience in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, where he is the Harold E. Clybourne, D.O. Endowed Research Chair. He serves as the executive director of OMNI. Dr. Clark is a translational physiologist whose overarching research goal is to develop effective and implementable interventions that increase muscle function and physical performance in older adults or patients of any age who have orthopedic and neurologic disabilities for preventative and rehabilitation medicine. His work has heavily focused on the integration of exercise physiology, nutrition and pharmacologic interventions, and conservative therapies to improve the quality of life for the elderly as well as those with chronic and recurrent pain conditions.
He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a standing member of the NIH's Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation (MFSR) Study Section. He has designed and carried out many integrative human physiology experiments as well as clinical trials involving healthy adults, elderly individuals, as well as those with selected musculoskeletal and neurological disorders (e.g., low back pain, post-stroke spasticity).
He has published extensively in the above-mentioned areas, having written more than 125 journal articles or book chapters and hundreds of abstracts. These publications have been published in journals such asJAMA Network Open,Exercise and Sport Science Reviews, Neurobiology of Aging, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Physiology,Journals of Gerontology Medical Sciences, Journal of Neurophysiology, PLoS One andSpine.
He has an editorial board member of Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience and Advances in Geriatric Medicine and Research. He has also written invited chapters for several prestigious books, such asSarcopenia(Wiley-Blackwell), the first book published specifically on sarcopenia, and the chapter "Aging of the Muscles and Joints" in the 7th edition ofHazzard's Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (McGraw-Hill), which is largely considered the most complete authoritative guide available on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the elderly.
Clark's work has been featured prominently in the media over the years, including outlets such as the New York Times, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, CBS Radioand Prevention Magazine. He has lectured widely, including invited presentations and keynotes at dozens of national and international meetings. In 2018 he was honored by Ohio University as a Presidential Research Scholar. His laboratory has held