Congratulations, to the Department of Integrative Physiology's newly elected officials! On Wednesday, April 18, IPHY faculty voted to approve the following positions in their department:
Professor Mark R. Opp elected as department chair
Opp’s research programs aim to elucidate sleep-immune interactions, specifically the role of chronic insufficient sleep in the etiology of inflammatory disease. Current projects use mouse models to determine mechanisms by which sleep disruption contributes to musculoskeletal pain, traumatic brain injury and metabolic dysregulation.
Results of Opp’s research have been published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience; Glia; Brain, Behavior and Immunity; SLEEP and other highly ranked journals. Opp is past-resident of the Sleep Research Society and of the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society. He is editor-in-chief of Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms.
Associate Professor Robert S. Mazzeo elected chair of Graduate Affairs Committee
Mazzeo’s research examines the neuroendocrine and biochemical adaptations associated with acute and chronic exercise (emphasis on aging), high-altitude physiology and exercise immunology.
He is currently an associate editor for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, is on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Physiology and is director of the Integrative Physiology Core Laboratory in the CU Boulder Clinical Translational Research Center. Mazzeo recently launched an online course titled the Science of Exercise which, to date, has had over 75,000 visitors.
Professor Roger M. Enoka elected associate chair of faculty affairs
The research performed by Enoka examines the impact of changes in the function of the nervous system on movement capabilities in humans. Current themes in his laboratory include: the consequences of age-associated adaptations in neuromuscular properties on manual dexterity and walking performance and the capacity of treatment with electrical nerve stimulation to improve mobility and dexterity in persons with multiple sclerosis.
Recent results have been published in Experimental Biology, Experimental Physiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Neurophysiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Physiology. Enoka is frequently invited as a keynote speaker to international meetings and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals, as a reviewer of grant applications and as a consultant on human movement.