Today's podcast guest is the newest addition to the Huffines Institute, Dr. Jenna Yentes! Dr. Yentes' research focus at Texas A&M is primarily on functional resiliency and reserve in older adults. Her previous research focused on functional outcomes in those that suffer from pulmonary disease, namely chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dr. Yentes’ group were the first to document biomechanical changes in gait in persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She has also explored the clinical utility of locomotor respiratory coupling in this population. Her research has shown that non-varying coupling is related to energy expenditure. In addition, Dr. Yentes has published several methods papers regarding the use of nonlinear algorithms such as sample entropy with human movement data. Her work in this area has pushed for increased transparency regarding selection of parameters to be used in such algorithms, as many findings can be an artifact of parameter choice. She hopes to continue her work in this area, cultivating proper use and interpretation of nonlinear data.
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