N.C. Research Campus offers free health classes in March

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Emily Ford
KANNAPOLIS ó Free health classes start Tuesday at the N.C. Research Campus, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
UNCC and the Charlotte Research Institute will present “Modern Health Dilemmas: Perspectives from the Research Front” every Tuesday in March at 7 p.m. in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building.
The classes are free, but registration is required. Visit www.charlotteresearchinstitute.com or call Clare Cook Faggart at 704-934-4000.
– March 3, “Couch Potatoes and Frantic Bananas: Are We Destined to be Lazy?” by Dr. Timothy J. Lightfoot, a professor of kinesiology at UNCC.
Lightfoot has published more than 30 articles on the genetics of daily physical activity and exercise. His research has been featured on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, NBC’s Today Show, the Rush Limbaugh show and other national and international outlets.
– March 10, “Asthma, Health and Society: Monitoring and Managing Asthma in Children and Adults,” by Dr. Andrew Harver, professor and chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences in UNCC’s College of Health and Human Services.
Harver’s research program results from a blend of experimental psychology, respiratory physiology and pulmonary medicine. He has made more than 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings.
– March 17, “Wounded Warrior Care: Care of Our Returning Wounded Heroes” by Dr. Laura A. Talbot and Dr. Margaret C. Wilmoth.
Talbot is the UNCC School of Nursing Dean W. Colvard Distinguished Professor in Nursing. The U.S. Department of Defense has funded her study of two different approaches to prosthetic rehabilitation as potential treatments for improving muscle strength, pain and functional performance of daily activities in war-injured military personnel. Talbot retired from the Air Force Reserve after 30 years of service.
Wilmoth, a nursing professor, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. She researches psychosocial oncology and serves as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve. As commanding general of the 332nd Medical Brigade in Nashville, she was the first nurse in the history of the Army to command a medical brigade that included ensuring the readiness for mobilization and deployment of 6,000 soldiers.
– March 24, “How Healthy is Your Community? NC CATCH,” by Dr. James Studnicki, the Irwin Belk Endowed Chair in Health Services Research.
Studnicki has spent the last decade evolving a research agenda which applies large-scale databases and data warehousing and mining technologies to various domains of health services research. His research includes developing ways to assess the health status of communities.
NC CATCH is the N.C. Comprehensive Assessment for Tracking Community Health, a collaboration between UNCC, the N.C. Division of Public Health and local public health agencies.
– March 31 “Breathing, Moving, and Feeling Fine: Investigations Across the Spectrum of Health Research for Children and Adults,” by Dr. A. Suzanne Boyd, associate professor of social work and the lead investigator of the N.C. Child Welfare Education Collaborative Program at UNCC.
Her research focuses on mental health policy as well as child, adolescent and adult mental health, therapeutic alliance, program evaluation, and consumer-operated mental health services.