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Distinguished Scientist Joseph Norman, Ph.D.

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Joseph Norman, Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2016 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

The Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award -- which is sponsored by the chancellor -- recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

  • Name: Joseph Norman, Ph.D.
  • Title: Professor, UNMC Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Allied Health Professions
  • Joined UNMC: 1992
  • Hometown: Schenevus, N.Y.

Research focus:
Chronic heart failure

The goal of my research is to investigate the use of physical exercise to improve the physiologic response and quality of life of individuals with cardiopulmonary disorders, as well as to examine strategies for improving adherence to exercise protocols to achieve positive outcomes. I have been fortunate to collaborate with a number of outstanding investigators at UNMC over the years. Currently our interdisciplinary team's focus is on evaluating strategies to improve adherence to the exercise guidelines outlined by the American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America for individuals with chronic heart failure.

My research will make a difference because: For individuals with heart failure, there are a number of physiological and psychological benefits achieved from regular exercise training, which have a positive impact on mortality, quality of life, physical function and hospitalization rates. Although we now have a better understanding of the type and dose of exercise needed to achieve these benefits from exercise training in the short-term, long-term adherence tends to remain sub-optimal. Our research into using behavioral strategies and interventions to improve exercise adherence on a long-term basis will benefit individuals with heart failure as they achieve and maintain exercise adherence at an appropriate level to sustain the health benefits over the long term.

The best advice I've ever been given is:

  • From my parents: "Always be willing to try new things" and "Just do your best."
  • From my mentor, Dr. CW Miller: "Don't be afraid to fail. That is often when you learn the most."

Three things you may not know about me

  • My wife, Joan, and I have four great children who never cease to amaze me.
  • I come from a family of nine and am a first-generation college graduate.
  • I am a Secular Franciscan.

Ceremony Jan. 17

A campus ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Durham Research Center Auditorium to recognize the award recipients, as well as the winner of the Community Service to Research Award, who will be announced later. A reception will follow. The ceremony will be livestreamed; click here or paste http://www.unmc.edu/livevideo/unmc_live1.html in your browser.

Research Award winners include:
Scientist Laureate
Tammy Kielian, Ph.D., College of Medicine

Research Leadership Award
B. Timothy Baxter, M.D., College of Medicine
Robert Lewis, Ph.D., Eppley Institute

Distinguished Scientist Award
Maneesh Jain, Ph.D., College of Medicine
Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., College of Medicine
Rongshi Li, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
Mark Mailliard, M.D., College of Medicine
Kaleb Michaud, Ph.D., College of Medicine
Joseph Norman, Ph.D., College of Allied Health Professions
Larisa Poluektova, M.D., Ph.D., College of Medicine
Matthew Rizzo, M.D., College of Medicine
Sarah Thayer, M.D., Ph.D., College of Medicine
Melissa Tibbits, Ph.D., College of Public Health

New Investigator Awards
Laura Bilek, Ph.D., College of Allied Health Professions
Martin Conda Sheridan, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
Sung-Ho Huh, Ph.D., Munroe-Meyer Institute
R. Katherine Hyde, Ph.D., College of Medicine
Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart, Ph.D., College of Medicine
Kimberly Scarsi, Pharm.D., College of Pharmacy
Jessica Nichols Snowden, M.D., College of Medicine
Hanjun Wang, M.D., College of Medicine
Wanfen Xiong, M.D., Ph.D., College of Medicine

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