Professor and Chair
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas
Patricia Kluding, PT, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has been a physical therapist since 1992 with a clinical practice focus in neurological rehabilitation. Kluding directs the Health, Exercise, and Aging Lab (HEAL) on clinical research programs focused on improving the health and wellness of people with chronic disease or disability. Her research findings that show the possibility of peripheral nerve plasticity induced by exercise provides an opportunity for people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy to reduce the symptoms and consequence of this common, and disabling complication of diabetes. She has published over 50 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, has received internal and external research support, and serves as the primary mentor for several PhD students at the University of Kansas. As the Director of Frontiers Clinical Studies and Recruitment Support (i.e. Network Capacity core) she works closely with investigators, medical informatics, communications experts, and community researchers with the participant registry program.