Laura Diane Bilek, PhD

Associate Professor

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  • 153 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
1988 …2018
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Research interests

Research focus:
Chronic disease prevention.

The goal of my research is to investigate the role of exercise in chronic disease prevention and management.

My research will make a difference because:
I'm currently involved in a study with Dr. Nancy Waltman, College of Nursing, which compares the effect of exercise on bone health in post-menopausal women. We hope the results of this study contribute to guidelines for management of early bone loss in women. I'm also a member of a research team that is exploring the link between obesity and poor outcomes in cancer survivors. My specific interest is the anti-inflammatory effects of exercise, which improves survival and decreases the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

Research interests

Research focus:
Chronic disease prevention.

The goal of my research is to investigate the role of exercise in chronic disease prevention and management.

My research will make a difference because:
I'm currently involved in a study with Dr. Nancy Waltman, College of Nursing, which compares the effect of exercise on bone health in post-menopausal women. We hope the results of this study contribute to guidelines for management of early bone loss in women. I'm also a member of a research team that is exploring the link between obesity and poor outcomes in cancer survivors. My specific interest is the anti-inflammatory effects of exercise, which improves survival and decreases the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

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Research Output 1988 2018

  • 153 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Review article
Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Depression
Bone and Bones
Research
PubMed
1 Citation (Scopus)

Protocol for a randomized controlled trial to compare bone-loading exercises with risedronate for preventing bone loss in osteopenic postmenopausal women

Bilek, L. D., Waltman, N. L., Lappe, J. M., Kupzyk, K. A., Mack, L. R., Cullen, D. M., Berg, K., Langel, M., Meisinger, M., Portelli-Trinidad, A. & Lang, M., Aug 30 2016, In : BMC Women's Health. 16, 1, 59.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Randomized Controlled Trials
Exercise
Bone and Bones
Diphosphonates
Vitamin D

Smallpox vaccination of laboratory workers at US variola testing sites

Medcalf, S. J., Bilek, L. D., Hartman, T., Iwen, P. C., Leuschen, P., Miller, H., Anne, OK., Sayles, H. & Smith, P. W., Jul 23 2015, In : Emerging Infectious Diseases. 21, 8, p. 1437-1439 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Secondary Immunization
Smallpox
Vaccination
Immunity
5 Citations (Scopus)

Changes in the frequencies of human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells with age and site

Farrell, T. L., McGuire, T. R., Bilek, L. D., Brusnahan, S. K., Jackson, J. D., Lane, J. T., Garvin, K. L., O'Kane, B. J., Berger, A. M., Tuljapurkar, S. R., Kessinger, M. A. & Sharp, J. G., Feb 2014, In : Experimental Hematology. 42, 2, p. 146-154 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Bone Marrow
Thigh
Stem Cells
Granulocyte-Macrophage Progenitor Cells

Vitamin D Status and Associations With Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes in Children Enrolled in a Medical Weight Management Program

Hanson, C. K., Anderson Berry, A. L., Hoskins, S., Lyden, E., Bilek, L. D., Dolphens, T., Hartmann, K., Hawkins, M. J. & Fernandez, C., Aug 13 2014, In : Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition. 6, 4, p. 233-239 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

weight control programs
vitamin D
Vitamin D
cardiovascular diseases
diabetes