Department of Nutrition Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294
Office Phone: (205) 975-7241
I joined the UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center in the Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology in November, 2011. I am working under the primary mentorship of Dr Marcas Bamman in the Core Muscle Research Laboratory. Our research laboratory is interested in optimizing exercise treatment strategies for chronic conditions, disease prevention, and rehabilitation using a dose-response approach to exercise prescription. My fundamental research interest is to develop rehabilitation/exercise and nutrition interventions that can improve cardiovascular and metabolic health in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). I am specifically interested in the effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation -induced contractile activity on glucose uptake signaling and signaling for muscle growth in the paralyzed muscle.
I received my PhD from Auburn University in Neuromechanics in August 2011. As a doctoral fellow at Neuromechanics Research Laboratory, I carried out research projects investigating effects of various exercise, rehabilitation and massage interventions on sensori-motor and cardiovascular systems in able-bodied individuals and individuals with SCI. Previously; I received my B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Baskent University in Turkey.
- Yarar-Fisher C, Bickel CS, Kelly NA, Windham ST, McLain AB and Bamman MM. Mechanosensitivity may be enhanced in skeletal muscles of spinal cord injured (SCI) vs. able-bodied men (AB). Muscle and Nerve. 2014 Mar 25. [PMID: 24668759 ] [doi: 10.1002/mus.24248 ]
- Yarar-Fisher C, Pascoe D, Gladden LB, Quindry J, Hudson J, Sefton JM. Acute physiological effects of whole body vibration in individuals with spinal cord injury. In Press: Disability and Rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil. 2014;36(2):136-45. [PMID: 23651125 ] [doi: 10.3109/09638288.2013.782358 ]
Manuscripts in Review
- Yarar-Fisher C, Pascoe D, Gladden LB, Quindry J, and Sefton JM Acute physiological effects of whole body vibration (WBV) on skin temperature responses using non-contact thermography in individuals with long-standing spinal cord injury. In Review: Disability and Rehabilitation.
- Yarar-Fisher C, Chen Y, Jackson AB, and Hunter G. Body mass index (BMI) underestimates adiposity in women with SCI. Obesity. 2013; 21: 1223-25. [doi: 10.1002/oby.20199 ] [PMID: 23913734 ]
- Yarar-Fisher C, Bickel CS, Windham ST, McLain AB and Bamman MM. Skeletal muscle signaling associated with impaired glucose tolerance in spinal cord-injured men and the effects of contractile activity. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2013; 115: 756-64. [doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00122.2013 ] [PMID: 23766505 ]
- Yarar C. (2013, Issue 5) Nutritional Needs. Paraplegia News. Available at: http://pvamag.com/pn/article/5465/nutritional_needs
- Yarar C. (2013, Issue 1) Weight Management following Spinal Cord Injury: Nutrition. Pushin’ On. Available at: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/sci/uab-scims-information/pushin-on-enewsletter
- Yarar C. (2013, Issue 2). Answers on Weight. Paraplegia News. Available at: http://pvamag.com/pn/article/5280/answers_on_weight
- Sefton JM, Yarar C, and Berry J. Massage therapy produces short term improvements in balance, neurological and cardiovascular measures in older persons. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Body Work. . 2012; 5:16-27. [PMID: 23087775 ] [PMCID: PMC3457719]
- Sefton JM, Yarar C, and Berry J. Six weeks of massage therapy produces changes in balance, neurological and cardiovascular measures in older persons. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Body Work. 2012; 5: 28-40. [PMID: 23087776 ] [PMCID: PMC3457720]
- Yarar, C. (2012, Issue 2). Weight management and spinal cord injury: Understanding obesity. Pushin’ On. Available at http://uab.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e397ed9cc437b9702859e38df&id=ac5094ca15&e=408fd9a536
- Sefton JM, Hicks-Little CA, Yarar C, Berry J, Cordova ML. The effect of a 6-week balance training program on sensorimotor measures in chronically unstable ankles. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2011; 41: 81-89.
- Sefton JM, Yarar C, Carpenter DM, Berry J. Physiological and clinical changes after therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulder. Manual Therapy. 2011; 16: 487-494.
- Sefton JM, Yarar C, Berry, J, Pascoe DD. Effect of therapeutic massage on peripheral blood flow as assessed by skin temperature measures in the neck and shoulders. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. 2010; 16: 723-732.
Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32DK062710 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the National Institutes of Health.
Years: 2011 - 2014
Mentor(s): Marcas Bamman, Ph.D., Amie Jackson M.D., Yu-Ying Chen Ph.D., and Scott Bickel Ph.D.
In December, 2014 completed her training with us and moved on to a position as Instructor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences. She can be contacted atÂ email@example.com .