Kharma Foucher appointed to NIH study section

Kharma Foucher, assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition, was appointed to a six-year term on the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.

Study section members review grant applications submitted to NIH, then make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board. They also survey the status of research in their field.

“Being a member of a study section is an important service to scientific community and amplifies the respect the scientific community has for the quality of Dr. Foucher’s research, expertise and stature in the field. She will be an excellent ambassador for UIC’s research community through her service on this study section,” said Dean Bo Fernhall.

Foucher is director of the Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes Lab. Her current research includes an NIH-funded study on the impact of hip osteoarthritis-related gait impairment on walking energetics and physical activity.

A faculty member in kinesiology and nutrition since 2013, Foucher is a graduate of UIC’s M.D./Ph.D. program with a Ph.D. in bioengineering. Before joining UIC, she was a faculty member in orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center.