Brian Clark, PhD

Professor, Physiology and Neuroscience
Ohio Musculoskeletal & Neurological Institute
Principal Investigator
Irvine 236, Athens Campus
740.593.2354

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