Kenneth Wilund, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Research: Renal and Cardiovascular Disease Research Laboratory
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 2000
Research and Professional Interests
Professor Wilund's area of interest is exercise science. The focus of the research in our lab is to investigate the efficacy of lifestyle
modifications (exercise and dietary factors) on co-morbidities associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is a progressive disorder associated
with severe metabolic disturbances that greatly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), osteoporosis, muscle wasting, and other disorders
that contribute to extremely low physical functioning in this population. Current pharmacological therapies have failed to significantly improve the
health and quality of life (QOL) of this rapidly growing patient population, therefore investigating the efficacy of alternative or supplemental therapies
is clearly needed. Our research will provide novel information regarding the effects of novel and easy to administer lifestyle interventions on clinical
outcomes and QOL in dialysis patients. Results from our work will enable nephrologists to make more informed decisions regarding the extent to which these
low-cost treatment strategies should be included as a component of the standard care in their clinics. Ultimately, this could lead to greater use of these
treatment strategies and result in significant improvements in the health and QOL of this critically ill patient population.
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