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JODY CLASEY, Ph.D., University of Illinois


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Dr. Clasey’s primary research has involved the role of various forms of exercise training intervention to prevent or combat aspects of the metabolic syndrome in a variety of subject and patient populations; and assessment, development and improvement of methods to assess both total body and regional body composition. Currently, her research primarily focuses on pediatric populations.

Dr. Clasey completed her undergraduate and graduate training in Exercise Physiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus. Following her PhD, she served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. She currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky.


The University of Kentucky Pediatric Exercise Physiology Lab (PEP-Lab) will help to provide research and training resources specifically designed to assist in hypothesis driven research in pediatric populations. The primary mission of the PEP-Lab will include (but is not limited to) investigating the role of physical activity, alone or in combination with additional intervention strategies, in the prevention of adverse physiological changes or the favorable alteration in metabolic, endocrine, and body composition parameters. As a direct result of decreasing physical activity, childhood and adolescent obesity, Type II diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, early maturation and orthopedic problems have significantly increased. The PEP- Lab will provide a state of the art facility and resources for testing, physical training, and analysis of pediatric populations for research and clinical investigations.

General Description

The University of Kentucky Pediatric Exercise Physiology Lab (PEP Lab) located in the Seaton Center building (Director: Jody L. Clasey, Ph.D., FCSM; Medical Director: Michelle Grenier, M.D.) is a human based laboratory facility specifically designed to provide state of the art testing, physical training, and analysis of pediatric populations for research clinical investigations. The PEP-Lab is housed in three separate laboratory spaces (700 square feet each) housed in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. The PEP-Lab contains the necessary equipment to perform graded exercise testing, acute stimulatory bouts, and longitudinal training using treadmill, bicycle, and arm crank ergometers. Metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular responses may be measured and monitored using an available metabolic cart, 12 lead ECG monitor, and a glucose and lactate analyzer. In addition, two complete series/sets of pediatric resistance training equipment are available for testing and training of muscular strength and endurance. Other: The PEP-Lab will collaboratively work with the University of Kentucky Body Composition Core Laboratory located in the Seaton Center Building.


Indirect Calorimetry System with integrated ECG:

VMAX 29C LITE cardiopulmonary exercise testing system. Includes spirometry, exercise flow/volume loop, breathe-by-breathe exercise gas exchange measurements, indirect calorimetry by spontaneous breathing, interface pod, 12 lead stress ECG with full disclosure, computer, monitor, color graphics printer, cart and isolation transformer (SensorMedics Corporation, Yorba Linda, CA).

Treadmill Ergometry (4):

One Series 2000 Treadmill with 182 kg (450 lb) maximum rated load, speed range from 0 to 22.5 km/h (0 to 13.5 mph), and an elevation range of 0 to 25% grade (Marquette Medical Systems Inc., Milwaukee, WI). This treadmill ergometer has an optional controller containing 15 exercise and 15 rehabilitative protocols; One PrecorUSA C964i treadmill with 0 to 21 km/h (0 to 12 mph) speed range, a maximum rate load of 227kg (500lbs), and an elevation range of –3% to 0 to 15% grade. This treadmill also has 6 different program control settings. (PrecorUSA, Washington State); Two Vision Fitness T9800S treadmills with 0.5 to 12 mph speed range, a maximum rate load of 400 lbs, and an elevation range of 0 to 15% grade (Lake Mills, WI)

Bicycle Ergometry (4):

Two Monark 915E and two Monark 288E bicycle ergometers equipped with instrumentation to measure heart rate, speed, distance, time, and estimate energy expenditure (Wynne International Inc., Pelham, AL).

Arm Crank Ergometry (3):

Three Monark Rehab trainer 881 E arm crank ergometers with Saratoga Adjustable-height cycle tables with hydraulic cylinders (Wynne International Inc., Pelham, AL).

Pediatric Resistance Testing and Training Equipment:

FY-100 Multi-Trainer (7 station; chest press, bicep curl, leg press, abdominal crunch, shoulder press, triceps pres down and lat pull down); FY-2 Chest Pec Butterfly; FY-4 Seated Lat Row; FY-10 Leg Extension; FY-11 Leg Curl; FY-12 AB Developer (FIT Systems, Inc., Sugar land, TX).

Pediatric Resistance Testing and Training Equipment:

Hoist KL Series Circuit Pediatric Resistance Training Equipment; 9 station; KL-2403 squat press, KL-2101 seated dip, KL-2201 pull up, KL-2203 seated row, KL-2301 chest press, KL-2410 leg press, KL-2501 shoulder press, KL-2261 abdominal bench, KL-2662 back/hip extension; (Hoist fitness Inc., San Diego, CA).

Glucose Lactate Analyzer:

YSI 2300 STAT Plus Glucose and Lactate Analyzer (YSI Incorporated, Yellow Springs, OH); Analyzes whole blood or plasma glucose and lactate concentrations, rapid blood analysis; 24 position turntable.

Heart Rate Monitors:

25 Polar Smart Edge Heart Rate Monitors (Polar Electro Inc., Woodbury, NY).

Activity Monitors:

50 NL-1000 medical-grade accelerometers (New-Lifestyles, Inc; Lee’s Summit, MO)

Portable Cardio-Pulmonary Testing System:

COSMED K4 b2 portable cardio-pulmonary machine. Accurate from 0 to 300 l/min; resistance less than 0.7 cmH2O/l/s at 12 l/s. Weighs 600 grams and captures 16,000 breathes. Features: O2 consumption, CO2 output, digital telemetry for on-line monitoring, integrated GPS, integrated digital Oximeter, 12-lead telemetry ECG, Indirect calorimery, spirometry, ergometer control, and three modes: Holter, Lab, and On-line.