Dr. Harris-Love’s general research interest is muscle plasticity in response to training, detraining, normal aging, and chronic disease. He is currently leading studies at the DC VAMC that involve an eccentric training intervention for arthritis in Veterans, and the development of screening methods for age-related changes in skeletal muscle and glucose homeostasis.
Prior to his affiliation with GW and the DC VAMC, he was an Associate Investigator for clinical trials involving rheumatic and neurological conditions at NIAMS, NINDS, NIEHS, and the University of Pittsburgh. Notable previous work includes publication of the first paper detailing modified eccentric exercise for the treatment of myositis, and collaboration with an investigative team responsible for conducting the largest myositis clinical trial on record. This international effort required Dr. Harris-Love to create and proctor outcomes assessment training for clinicians from 29 clinical sites, including Sweden, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He has also worked with investigators at NIEHS to characterize patterns of muscle weakness in myositis, and he is a co-creator of the Adult Myopathy Assessment Tool (AMAT) which is currently a featured outcome measure in multiple intramural NINDS clinical trials.
Dr. Harris-Love established the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics, and Performance Laboratory (3MAP Lab) within the Research Service and Rehabilitation Medicine Service of the DC VAMC. Additionally, he has helped to lead the Polytrauma/TBI Research Rehabilitation Fellowship as the Deputy Director since 2012 and actively provides post-doctoral training and mentorship to students committed to applying the principles of rehabilitation science to the care of Veterans in the DC Metro area. Dr. Harris-Love currently serves as the Associate Director of the Human Performance Research Unit within the Clinical Research Center at the DC VAMC.
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