Translational Science Center

Administration & Leadership

Fostering Independence in Aging

Daniel Kim-ShapiroDaniel Kim-Shapiro

Director, Translational Science Center

Professor, Department of Physics
Harbert Family Distinguished Chair for Excellence in Teaching and
Scholarship

208 Olin Physical Laboratory,
Wake Forest University
Box 7507
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507 USA

Telephone: 336-758-4993
Fax:
336-758-6142
E-mail:

The Kim-Shapiro lab has focused on using physical and biological tools to address problems in cardiovascular health (a major health factor in aging) for many years. The lab has had continuous funding from the Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH for over tens years and has also been funded by the American Heart Association. Dr. Kim-Shapiro is listed as a co-inventor on several patents or filed patent applications on cardiovascular health including “Use of Nitrite Salts for the Treatment of Cardiovascular Conditions.”

W. Jack RejeskiW. Jack Rejeski

Associate Director, Translational Science Center

Professor, Department of Health & Exercise Science
Thurman Kitchin Professor

309 Reynolds Gymnasium
Wake Forest University
Box 7868
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7868 USA

Telephone: 336-758-5837
Fax:
336-758-4680
E-mail:

Dr. Jack Rejeski is a Thurman D. Kitchin professor in Health and Exercise Science who holds adjunct appointments in both the Departments of Psychology and Medicine. His lab has focused on the various aspects of lifestyle behavior change and disability in aging for more than 20years. He is an internationally recognized scholar who has been funded by NIH for most of this career. Dr. Rejeski has been a consultant to both federal agencies and private foundations on the topic of behavior change and functional health outcome in older adults.

S. Bruce KingS. Bruce King

Assistant Director, Translational Science Center

Professor, Department of Chemistry

158 Salem Hall
Wake Forest University
Box 7507
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507 USA

Telephone: 336-758-5774
Fax: 336-758-4656
E-mail:

The King lab has focused on using organic, medicinal, and biochemistry to better understand the effects of nitric oxide in physiological systems. Nitric oxide plays an important role in the control of normal blood pressure and flow, and changes in its level can lead to numerous pathophysiological conditions. The lab has studied the interaction of nitric oxide with a variety of biological molecules, especially proteins, and has strived to develop new chemical entities as sources of nitric oxide. This work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

Paul Laurienti

Assistant Director, Translational Science Center

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks
7th Floor, Piedmont Plaza 1, 1920 W, First Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27104 USA

Telephone: 336-716-3261
Fax: 336-716-0798
E-mail:

Dr. Laurienti is the director of the Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His research focuses on a systems approach to studying the brain. The use of network science to evaluate whole brain networks promises to shed light on the complex interactions between brain regions rather than focusing on the individual brain areas. This is critical for studies directed toward alteration in brain function as damage or degeneration of one brain area alters the entire brain network and has potential implications for virtually every process. The majority of his work is directed at understanding age-related changes in brain networks and the effects of various interventions on network connectivity in older adults. Using magnetic resonance imaging, he and his research team generate functional and structural brain networks. They are applying the growing arsenal of tools available to study complex networks to these brain networks to identify age-related alterations in connectivity and network structure. In addition, they are involved in methodological development to further the use of network science to study normal and abnormal brain function.

millerGary Miller

Associate Professor Department of Health & Exercise Science
Assistant Director, Translational Science Center

315 Reynolds Gymnasium Wake Forest University
Box 7868
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7868 USA

Telephone: 336-758-1901
Fax: 336-758-4680
E-mail:

Dr. Miller works in the nutritional sciences,including both basic and clinical research. He has specialized in obesity in older adults and has designed weight loss programs incorporating dietary and exercise interventions to reduce obesity related comorbidities. His interests include biochemical and functional changes associated with obesity and weight loss. As a dietitian, Dr. Miller provides clinical insight in research studies. He has received funding from industry and NIH over the past 12 years.

nesbitBeverly Nesbit

Administrator, Translational Science Center
Project Manager, Department of Health & Exercise Science

218-E Reynolds Gymnasium
Wake Forest University
Box 7868
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7868 USA

Telephone: 336-758-4272
Fax: 336-758-4680
E-mail:

Beverly has over 12 years of experience in human subjects research and project management, grants preparation and clinical research regulatory compliance. Currently she serves as Project Manager for the NHLBI funded Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program II in the Dept of Health & Exercise Science.

Debra Hege

Research Core Coordinator, Translational Science Center
Assistant Project Manager, Dept. of Radioplogy, Lab for Complex Brain Networks

Medical Center Blvd
Wake Forest Universtiy Health Sciences Center

Telephone: 336-716-9264
E-mail:

Barbara Meredith

Business Manager, Translational Science Center
Budget Analyst, Provost Office

9A Reynolda Hall
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 USA

Telephone: 336-758-3142
E-mail:

Barbara currently serves as Business Manager for the TSC as well as Financial Analyst in the Wake Forest University Provost Office.

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