Research Program Highlights

  • The APK faculty published 89 peer reviewed research papers in 2014-2015. The average Web of Science h-index of our graduate faculty is 26.
  • Our faculty, students and fellows have published in top-tier journals including: Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Physiology, Physiological Reviews, Human Molecular Genetics, Journal of Gerontology, Journal of Applied Physiology, American Journal of Physiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain, Neurology, Emotion, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, PLoS One and Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.
  • Our Ph.D. graduates have taken positions at major research universities such as John’s Hopkins University, University of Texas Medical Center, Northwestern University, UCLA, and many others. Other students have acquired industry sponsored positions in a variety of biomedical fields.
  • We maintain extensive dedicated research space: 8,869 sq. ft. for animal research; 7,839 sq. ft. for human research, two dedicated transportation vehicles for human and animal transport, and plentiful patient parking.
  • We have shared-core facilities with state-of-the art equipment for cell culture, molecular biology, biochemical analyses, neuroimaging analyses, electrophysiology, locomotion, exercise training, vascular responsiveness and motor performance evaluation.
  • With our full-time grant pre- and post-award clerical staff providing valuable assistance, we ensure that PIs focus on science.
  • A full-time engineer is available to assist investigators in developing reliable and valid measurements necessary for successful state-of-the-art research.
  • In 2014–2015, the Department brought in $1,700,000 in direct costs expenditures from the NIH and VA and $500,000 in direct costs supported by industry, foundations and the University.
  • Recent APK grants not included in this total are four new NIH grants, a NIH T32 training grant, two new Department of Defense grants, two American Heart Association grants and a new major industry grant.
  • In 2014, the University of Florida was ranked 23rd nationally in research spending at approximately $697 million and had the highest level of research support of any university in the SEC conference.
  • UF has made major, campus-wide pre-eminence initiatives a priority in the last two years. We are directly involved in the neuroscience, rehabilitation and muscle biology initiatives.