Pouran Faghri, MD

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Director, Center for Environmental Health & Health Promotion

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Dr. Pouran Faghri is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, having retired in 2019. Professor Faghri dedicated her career to promoting health and preventing diseases. Her expertise includes the evaluation of workplace psychosocial risk factors and environmental exposures as they relate to the development of chronic musculoskeletal,  cardiovascular and other chronic diseases including obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Over the years, she  has developed and evaluated multiple models for integrating health promotion with workplace injury prevention and occupational ergonomics for health protection, with a strong emphasis on employee involvement through self-care and self-awareness. She developed and directed many workplace health interventions for private and state agencies as well as Connecticut's state employee worksite health promotion program, "ConnectiFIT.” For the past 12 years, she has been the Co-PI (Storrs) for the NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health: Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW). This Center is a collaborative research program between UMass Lowell, UConn Health, and UConn Storrs. Dr. Faghri’s biomedical research focuses on biomechanics and movement science in able-bodied people and people with neurological disorders.  Her research on the application of functional electrical stimulation (FES) to induce function contributed to the development of the first commercial exercise ergometer. She is the sole holder of a US patent (Electronic Muscle Pump, US 6,959,216 B2 ) for the prevention of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism utilizing FES. Presently, she is a co-investigator in a multicenter National Science Foundation (NSF-EFRI) grant to develop and evaluate the application of electrical stimulation on tissue regeneration. Professor Faghri is on the editorial boards and a reviewer of many major peer reviewed journals. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Neuro-Engineering and Rehabilitation (JNER) and Editor in Chief of Obesity–Open Access. She also serves as expert grant reviewer for major federal and private funding agencies, both nationally and internationally.