Barry Braun is a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, head of the department, and the executive director of the Human Performance Clinical Research Lab. His research program is focused on optimizing the use of exercise to prevent and/or manage type-2 diabetes, the role of exercise in preventing recurrence of breast cancer and the impact of activity and inactivity on hormonal regulation of appetite.
Braun’s work is funded by governmental and private sources including the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association and the Rays of Hope. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed research articles in journals such as the American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Journal of Applied Physiology.
Braun received his Ph.D in nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley, and did four years of post-doctoral work at the Stanford University Medical School. Braun is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American College of Sports Medicine, and a past chairperson of its Nutrition Interest Group. He has received several awards for undergraduate teaching, including the highest honor from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Distinguished Teaching Award.