Volunteer Research Opportunities

See below for our ongoing research studies, and let us know if you are interested in getting involved! You can contact us via phone at 412-246-0460 or through email at nis123@pitt.edu

Ongoing Research Studies

Soldier Performance and Readiness as Tactical Athletes

The Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center has partnered with Dr. Julie Greeves, Dr. Thomas O'Leary, Dr. Sarah Jackson, and Dr. Sophie Wardle from the Women in Ground Close Combat Research Programme, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, on the Soldier Performance and Readiness as Tactical Athletes (SPARTA) Training Study. This 3 year study will compare various physical training regimens to better understand physiological differences between men and women, and mechanisms to enhance abilities to successfully complete ground close combat occupational tasks, such as heavy load carriage. University of Pittsburgh Co-PIs Drs. Brad Nindl and Chris Connaboy and Co-Is Drs. Shawn Flanagan, Mita Lovalekar, Brian Martin, Courtenay Dunn-Lewis, Kevin Conley, Ron Poropatich, and Carola van Eck will comprehensibly examine physical employment standards, strength and power, muscle and bone physiology, biomarkers, and biomechanical adaptations.

See attached PDF if you are interested in helping with the SPARTA study.


Characterization of Psychological Resilience and Readiness: Cross-Validation of Cognitive and Behavioral Metrics During Acute Military Operational Stress

The NMRL has received funding from the Department of Defense to study cognitive resilience in Soldiers during simulated military operational stress. NMRL Director Bradley C. Nindl is co-principal investigator on the study with Anne Germain, PhD, of the Military Sleep Tactics and Resilience Research Program in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The testing protocol will follow Soldiers over a comprehensive 5-day testing protocol that includes physiological, neurocognitive, psychomotor, sensorimotor, tactical and sleep testing. Internal co-investigators from the NMRL include Chris Connaboy, Shawn Flanagan, Mita Lovalekar, Qi Mi, and Brian Martin. Nindl and Germain have partnered with several external collaborators, as well: Peter Roma of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Michael Dretsch of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Amy Haufler of Johns Hopkins University, Matthew Tenan of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Caroline Davis and Caroline Mahoney of the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center, Harris Lieberman of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Carl Castro of the University of Southern California and Jacque Reifman of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

See attached PDF if you are interested in helping with the Cognitive Resilience study.