Nikhil Satchidanand PhD

Nikhil Satchidanand

Nikhil Satchidanand
PhD

Contact Information
875 Ellicott st.
Suite 8030
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 716-881-7901
ns1@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

I am a PhD exercise physiologist with expertise in geroscience, motor development, community-based clinical trials, and translational research with the overarching aim of promoting successful aging. My research program is focused on studying the intersection between exercise and physical activity and cognitive function in aging, in order to development and implement effective and engaging exercise-based strategies to enhance physical and cognitive resilience in older adults.

Through an ongoing partnership with local YMCAs dedicated to supporting older adults, I am assessing the impacts of SMARTfit Cognitive-Motor training (Camarillo, CA) on cognitive and physical function, and dual-task performance among older adults with mild cognitive impairment. I am not only interesting in examining the impacts of various modes of exercise on cognition, but also methods by which to deliver these novel therapies in community settings with unique strengths and challenges. To acquire a complete understanding of our older adult community members' perspectives surrounding the usability and appeal of proposed, non-invasive therapeutic strategies is central to my work.

I am also a co-investigator on a Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) funded trial to investigate the therapeutic impact of nicotinamide riboside on physical performance, muscle strength and quality, frailty, and muscle blood flow among older adult Veterans.

Over the past six years I have worked extensively in medical education, striving to improve the research training that primary care providers receive at ever level of their medical education. I work closely with medical students, residents, and faculty members in primary care to inspire the physician-scientist to embrace evidence-based medicine, develop their critical thinking skills, and apply rigor to their practice.

Education and Training:

  • Other, KL Mentored Career Development Award, University at Buffalo State University of New York: Department of Medicine (2018)
  • Fellowship, T32 National Research Service Award: Clinical Research in Health Disparity, University at Buffalo State University of New York: Department of Family Medicine (2013)
  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh (2010)
  • MS, Motor Development, University of Pittsburgh (2006)
  • BS, Health and Wellness, State University College at Buffalo (2002)

Employment:

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2018-present)
  • Associate Director: University at Buffalo Center for Successful Aging, Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (2018-present)
  • Research Scientist, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2013–2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2011–2013)
  • Research Associate, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (2009–2010)
  • Research Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh (2007–2008)
  • Research Associate, Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh (2004–2008)
  • Health Educator / Coordinator of Volunteers, State University College at Buffalo (1999–2002)

Research Expertise:

  • Community-based clinical trials
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Geroscience
  • Motor Development

Research Centers:

  • Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • January 2022–December 2026
    Impacts of Nicotinamide Riboside on functional capacity and muscle physiology in older veterans
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • March 2021–February 2023
    Home-Based Dual-Task Training to Enhance Dual-Task Ability in Older Adults
    National Center for Advancing Translational Science
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • June 2021–November 2022
    Movers and Makers Program: A Community-based Recreation Program to Improve Cognitive and Physical Function in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • October 2018–September 2020
    Enhancing functional capacity in older adults with short session high intensity interval training
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $200,000
  • January 2019–August 2019
    Primary Care Providers' Perspectives and Practices Surrounding Depression Screening in Older Adults
    Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $24,000
  • May 2018–January 2019
    Primary Care Providers‘ Perspectives and Practices Surrounding Fall Risk Screening in Older Adults
    Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $31,000
  • August 2015–August 2017
    Pneumonia Mortality Risk Index to Support Discussions of Care Options with Elders
    AHRQ
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $112,000

Journal Articles:

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Professional Memberships:

  • Gerontological Society of America (2021–2022)
  • American Geriatrics Society (2017–present)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (2015–present)

Presentations:

  • "Dual-Task Exercise Improves Cognitive and Physical Function in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Introduction to the UB-Brothers of Mercy Resilience Center" Brothers of Mercy Board Meeting (2021)
  • "SMARTfit Training Improves Balance and Attention in Older Adults" William-Emslie YMCA (2021)
  • "Does Dual-Task Training Improve Attention and Motor Function In Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment?" School of Medicine Celebration of Scholarship; University at Buffalo, SUNY (2019)
  • "ThinkFIT: Training the Body and Mind Together to Support Cognitive Health in Older Adults" University at Buffalo Golden Reunion Event; University at Buffalo, SUNY (2019)
  • "Does the Benefit of Dalfampridine for Ambulation in Multiple Sclerosis Generalize to Cognitive Function?" Department of Medicine Research Day; University at Buffalo, SUNY (2018)
  • "Exploring Health Related Quality of Life among Elders with Peripheral Arterial Disease: a Path Perspective" Translational Science; Association for Clinical and Translational Science (2017)
  • "Development of a Mortality Index to Facilitate Shared Decision-making among Elders Admitted to the ICU with Pneumonia" Translational Science; Association for Clinical and Translational Science (2016)
  • "The Positive Predictive Value of a Single Measurement of Glomerular Filtration Rate under 60mL/min in the Diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease." Translational Science; Association for Clinical and Translational Science (2015)
  • "Modeling Health Care Utilization in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients: Distinguishing Factors That Influence the Decision to Consult a Doctor From Those That Influence Frequency of Doctor Visits" Gastroenterology; Gastroenterology (2014)
  • "A Pneumonia Risk Index to Assist Palliative Care Evaluation for Persons Age 75 Years and Older" National Seminar Poster Session; Center to Advance Palliative Care (2013)
  • "Factors Predictive of Mortality in Elderly Patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit" American College of Physicians Symposium; American College of Physicians (2013)
  • "The Predictive Value of Micrometastasis in Non-sentinel Lymph Nodes" Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting; Southeastern Surgical Congress (2012)
  • "Walking Ability is Associated with Chronic Pain, Depression and Overweight among Community Dwelling Older Adults" American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting; American Geriatrics Society (2012)
  • "Patterns of Complex Chronic Disease In Two Family Practices Serving Low-income Minority Patients" North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting; North American Primary Care Research Group (2010)
  • "Psycho-social Factors Associated with Attainment of Physiological Criteria for Maximal Oxygen Uptake" American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting; American College of Sports Medicine (2009)
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Service Activities:

  • Journal of Aging and Physical Activity; Reviewer (2022–present)
  • Journal of Experimental Gerontology; Reviewer (2021–present)
  • University at Buffalo Center of Excellence in Alzheimer‘s Disease; Clinical Educator (2019–present)
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Reviewer (2018–present)
  • University at Buffalo Center for Successful Aging; Board Member (2018–present)
  • William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center Provide ongoing guidance on development of physical activity-based methods to help older adults improve motor and cognitive function, as part of the YMCA wellness and fitness programming.; Volunteer (2017–present)
  • Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise; Reviewer (2017–present)
  • University at Buffalo CTSI Community of Scholars; Member (2016–present)
  • University at Buffalo GME Scholarly Exchange Day Faculty Facilitator; Other (2012–2016)
  • Journal of Health and Physical Activity; Reviewer (2011–present)

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Contact Information

875 Ellicott st.
Suite 8030
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 716-881-7901
ns1@buffalo.edu