Kinesiology’s Dr. Brian Irving Receives NIH Grant

Grant to Study Novel Exercise Programs on the Health of Older Adults Totals Nearly $500,000

November 7, 2018 

Dr. Brian Irving CHSE faculty headshot

Dr. Brian Irving, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology

Baton Rouge, La. -- School of Kinesiology Assistant Professor Dr. Brian Irving is the 2018 recipient of an NIH Grant totaling $419,000 to further his case study on state and national health through the lens of muscle and cardiometabolic health. The NIH Grant is distributed by the National Institute of Aging. As principal investigator on the case, he will primarily be extending his research from his perspective and further learning a variety of opportunities to change physical conditions such as a diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Louisiana and the United States.


Here at LSU, Dr. Irving plays an important role in discovering the paths to investigate and solve these critical health issues. Dr. Irving studies crucial health conditions that plague the population in our state and beyond. Summarized by Irving in his mission statement for the study, the overall goal of the project is to study and determine the effect of 16 weeks of resistance exercise alone or combined with light intensity physical activity breaks in sedentary time. Additionally, Irving has chosen the demographic of adults who are in the 65-80 age group. Nationally, according to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is listed as one of the top underlying causes of death. As a whole, cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 836,546 deaths in the US which converts to about 1 in every 3 deaths in the US as a whole. Moreover, diabetes in Louisiana is ranked fifth highest in all of the US. 30.3 million people, or 9.4% of the US population, discover they become a statistic each year.


Dr. Brian Irving received his Bachelor’s Degrees in Health and Human Performance from Oregon State University in 2000. Further pursuing his education, Dr. Irving proceeded to receive his Master’s Degree in Health Evaluation Science from the University of Virginia in 2004. He obtained his PhD in Exercise Physiology form the University of Virginia in 2006. Dr. Irving is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology. In August 2015, he joined the LSU faculty after serving three years as the founding director of the Geisinger Obesity Institute’s Metabolic Phenotyping Laboratory. Prior to joining the Geisinger Obesity Institute, he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.  He also completed postdoctoral training under the direction of Dr. K. Sreekumaran Nair in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Mayo Clinic.


About SOK
The LSU School of Kinesiology (SOK) advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement. SOK offers a BS, MS, Online MS, PhD, and two certificate options. Graduates go on to successful careers in the health and fitness industry, corporate wellness, sport agencies and businesses, athletic administration, and K-12 educational settings. SOK is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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