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Dr. Mitzi Laughlin

Research Assistant Professor

Office Number: 105R GAR
Phone: 713-743-0405
Fax: 713-743-9860

Email: mslaughlin@uh.edu

Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015

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Research Interests

My research involves epidemiological investigations to determine the risk factors and rates of orthopedic injuries in diverse populations. This research utilizes cohort groups from NASA, military and civilian populations. Once risk factors or at risk groups are identified, athletic training and sports medicine principles are utilized to propose clinical interventions to minimize the risk. Additionally, my work with NASA includes an International Space Station (ISS) project to determine the rate of muscle atrophy during a typical 6-month mission.

Recent Publications and Research Activity

External Funding


Principal Investigator:
$1,080,227 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Assessment of the Time Courses of Leg Muscle Strength and Performance Losses During Prolonged Spaceflight using MARES.
February 2016 to January 2021.

$450,000 - Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute
Clinical and translational methods and outcomes in orthopedic surgery. (Co-PI Daniel O’Connor)
December 2014 to November 2017.

Co-Investigator:
$916,446 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Characterization of Psychological Risk, Overlap with Physical Health, and Associated Performance in Isolated, Confined, and Extreme (ICE) Environments (Principal Investigator Candice Alfano).
January 2015 to September 2018.

$700,000 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The impact of modeled microgravity on cytomegalovirus reactivation and host immune evasion (Principal Investigator Richard Simpson).
July 2015 to June 2018

$225,000 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The impact of an ISS mission on the anti-viral and functional properties of NK-cells, T-cells, B-cells and dendritic cells (Principal Investigator Richard Simpson).

$100,000 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The impact of long duration spaceflight on the function of B-cells and biomarkers of inflammation (Principal Investigator Guilluame Spielmann).

Publications


Morris BJ, Haigler RE, Cochran JM, Laughlin MS, Elkousy HA, Gartsman GM, Edwards TB. Obesity has minimal impact on short-term outcomes following reverse shoulder arthroplasty. American Journal of Orthopedics. 45(4): E180-E186, 2016.

Laughlin MS, Guilliams MA, Nieschwitz BA, Hoellen D. Functional fitness testing results following long-duration International Space Station missions. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance. 18(12): 87-91, 2015.

Monts de Oca NA, Laughlin MS, Jenkins J, Lockworth CR, Bolton ID, Brammer DW. Comparison of Indoor Air Quality between 2 Ventilation Strategies in Facility Housing Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta). The Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. 45(5): 1-9, 2015.

Morris BJ, Waggenspack W, Laughlin MS, Elkousy HA, Gartsman GM, Edwards TB. Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for Management of Post-infectious Arthropathy with Rotator Cuff Deficiency. Orthopedics. 38(8):e701-e707, 2015.

Gartsman GM, Morris BJ, Unger RZ, Laughlin MS, Elkousy HA, Edwards TB. Characterization of clinical shoulder research over the last decade: A review of all The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American) (JBJS-A) shoulder articles from 2004 to 2014. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 97(e26): 1-8, 2015.

Morris BJ, Haigler R, Laughlin MS, Elkousy HA, Gartsman GM, Edwards TB. Workers’ compensation claims and outcomes following reverse shoulder arthroplasty. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 24(3): 453-459, 2015.

Education

B.S. in Secondary Education in Physical Education and Mathematics at University of Texas, 1991

M.S. in Exercise Science at University of Houston, 1999

Ph.D. in Kinesiology at University of Houston, 2002