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Michael A. Cooper

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Cooper is a 2014-2018 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the KU Medical Center. He received a B.S. (2011) in exercise science from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, and a M.S.E. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Kansas. He has always been extremely motivated to working with patients to try and improve their quality of life in any way possible. Prior to graduate school he saw the benefit of physical activity and the wide array of diseases it could be utilized in. This drove him to pursue a career of research to work to find new ways in which this emerging field could be used to help more people every day. During his masters he realized that utilizing exercise in disease states was the area he wanted to devote his life to. His research during his master’s career investigating the neuromuscular aspects of training lead to him publishing numerous articles during his tenure and him being awarded The University of Kansas Brett Hammig Exercise Physiology Award and the Walter J. Mikols Outstanding Master’s Student Award. Currently his Ph.D. research is examining the mechanism by which physical activity alleviates the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. He hopes his future research will be able to find a new area of disease that can be prevented or improved through physical activity; as well as being able to find new aspects of exercise which can be replicated through pharmacological means to help those unable or too advanced in their diseases to utilized the global benefits of physical activity.

Mentor: Douglas E. Wright, Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, KUMC


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