Brian C. Clark, Ph.D.,
Executive Director of OMNI

Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience, Dept of Biomedical Sciences

Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine


Professor Clark is a translational physiologist whose overarching research goal is to develop effective and implementable interventions that increase muscle function (e.g., muscle strength, motor control, fatigue-resistance) 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. Professor Clark 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 over 80 journal articles or book chapters and more than 125 abstracts. These publications have been published in highly reputed journals such as Current Opinions in Nutrition and Metabolic Care, Exercise and Sport Science Reviews, Experimental Gerontology, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journals of Gerontology Medical Sciences, Journal of Neurophysiology, PLoS One, and Spine. He has served as Guest Editor of several topic issues of selected journals including Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, and is a reviewer for most of the major international medicine, physiology, neuroscience, exercise, and gerontology journals. Professor Clark has also written invited chapters for several prestigious books, such as Sarcopenia (Wiley-Blackwell, Editors: John Morley and Alfonso Cruz-Jentoft), the first book published specifically on sarcopenia, and the chapter on 'Aging of the Muscles and Joints' in the upcoming 7th edition of Hazzard'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. Professor 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 Radio, and Prevention Magazine. He has lectured widely, including invited presentations at dozens of national and international meetings. Professor Clark currently holds more than $5 million in active extramural grants, including two NIH R01's (one from the National Institute on Aging and one from the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health), an NIH R21 (National Institute for Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases), along with four other industry and foundation sponsored grants and contracts. Over the course of his career he has secured and managed more than $10 million in extramural grants.

To view his publications please link to PubMed. (Please note that there is more than one BC Clark referenced on MedLine and as such not all of the referenced articles were published by Dr. Clark.)


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