Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Maryland
Professor Wilund's area of interest is exercise science. His lab investigates the efficacy of lifestyle modifications such as exercise and dietary factors on co-morbidities associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hemodialysis. CKD is a progressive disorder associated with severe metabolic disturbances that greatly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, and other disorders that contribute to extremely low physical functioning in this population. The number of patients with this disorder is rising and that increase is projected to continue for a variety of reasons including the growing number of people with diabetes. Because current pharmacological therapies have failed to significantly improve the health and quality of life (QOL) of this rapidly growing patient population investigating the efficacy of alternative or supplemental therapies is clearly needed.
Dr. Wilund's research will provide novel information regarding the effects of easy-to-administer lifestyle interventions on clinical outcomes and QOL in dialysis patients. Results from our work will enable nephrologists to make more informed decisions regarding the extent to which these low-cost treatment strategies should be included as a component of the standard care in their clinics. Ultimately, this could lead to greater use of these treatment strategies and result in significant improvements in the health and QOL of this critically ill patient population.