Claudio L. Battaglini PhD, FACSM Lab Co-Director

Claudio L .Battaglini, PhD, is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Science (Exercise Physiology Specialization) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Battaglini received his BS degree from the Catholic University of Brasilia Brazil (1992) and his MA (1999) and PhD from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. Dr. Battaglini’s research focuses on the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological, psychological, and physical functioning in cancer patients. He directs the Exercise Oncology Research Laboratory (EORL) and the Get REAL & HEEL Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program and. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Battaglini has published over 180 journal articles and scientific abstracts and 5 textbooks chapters related to exercise oncology. Dr. Battaglini was the 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Distinguished Leadership Award in Sports and Health at Dana-Faber/Harvard Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical Center for his research in exercise oncology, the 2015 UNC C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards and the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for Research, 2010 the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring presented by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to Dr. Battaglini’s involvement in exercise oncology research, he was an international level endurance sports coach, with some of his athletes achieving World Champion status, Pan-American Champion status, and Olympic Game appearances.


Erik Hanson, PhD, CSCS Lab Co-Director

Erik Hanson is a Kulynych/Story Fellow Assistant Professor in the Exercise Physiology specialization. He completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Saint John’s University (MN), his Master’s Degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in Exercise and Sport Science, his PhD at the University of Maryland in Kinesiology, and his postdoctoral fellowship at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Erik’s primary research focus includes exercise testing and training programs in clinical populations, with a focus on the response to both aerobic and resistance exercise in cancer patients. He is interested in changes to skeletal muscle with ageing and chronic disease, specifically the cell signaling pathways that regulate protein synthesis and muscle hypertrophy, along with alterations in the immune system. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Physiological Society, the Australian Physiological Society, and the International Society of Exercise Immunology.


Anthony C. Hackney, PhD, DSc

Dr. Anthony Hackney is a Full Professor of Exercise and Sport Science   (Exercise Physiology Specialization), Nutrition (UNC School of  Nutrition), and an Assistant chair in the Department of Exercise and  Sport Science. Dr. Hackney received his B.A. in Health and Kinesiology  from Berea College, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Kent University, and his D.Sc. in Sports Science Physiology, from the  National Academy Physical Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania. He is also a  FellowAmerican College of Sports Medicine (1989) and National Academy of   Kinesiology (2010). Throughout his academic career Dr. Hackney has  published over 150 peer reviewed research papers and book chapters,  presented his work in over 100 national and international scientific  meeting and some of his research has been funded by the National  Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, USAID, and the National  Academy of Sciences. His research focus is on the human endocrine system   from exposure to physiological stressors. At the IEOL, Dr. Hackney  conduct his work examining the effects of exercise on the endocrine  system in cancer patients; more specifically the influence of exercise  on stress hormones and their influence on metabolism, immune, and  skeletal muscle systems. Dr. Hackney is a Fulbright Scholar of Medical  Science (Lithuania, 1997-98), a Senior Fulbright Scholar of Public  Health Nutrition (Poland, 2003-04), and the recipient of Excellence in  Teaching Award from the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (1998  and 2000).


Lee Stoner, PhD, MPH, MA, BSc (Hons), FRSPH, SFHEA

In short, Dr. Stoner is interested in tuning your ticker, particularly in children. More specifically, he has made substantial contributions to the biomedical sciences, and increasingly towards public health, particularly through: i) investigating interactions between lifestyle behavioural factors and cardio-metabolic disorders; ii) the development of invasive and non-invasive tools for assessing cardio-metabolic health; and iii) translation of basic and applied science in to public health outcomes. These interests have supported complex biomedical questions, including: barriers to glucose disposal in Type 2 diabetics (MBIE funded); targeted strategies for decreasing claudication in patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (Phiten Ltd); reducing the risk of a recurrent event following stroke (Paykel Trust); and recommendations for monitoring cardiovascular disease risk in breast cancer survivors (Lottery Health). In terms of public health, he has begun to move away from a ‘reductionist’ approach to public health problems and question how to put biomedical research findings in to perspective using a complex systems model. That is, attempts are being made to read the bigger picture prior to developing the scientific model, figuring out what questions really need to be answered, and applying knowledge and ensuring impact. This is evident through recent work which attempts to frame scientific discoveries in to a public health message, including defining optimal physiological targets and behavioural strategies for reducing cardio-metabolic risk in children (National Heart Foundation) – targets which are required to guide the limited public health expenditure marked for “preventative science”.