Industry and AEPRL Partnership

When industry and universities work in tandem to push the frontiers of knowledge, they become a powerful engine for innovation and economic growth

For over the past half century, academia has at times been considered an Ivory Tower, with some considering the university as an impractical and self-indulgent institution disconnected from the rest of society. To counter this notion, the federal Bayh-Dole Act passed in 1980 catalyzed a surge in “academic commercialization” by supporting the exodus of ideas out of higher education and into the marketplace – precisely what our lab and industry have accomplished with many successful research collaborations over the past six years.

Both entities have embraced the ideology that the marketplace and academia, collectively, can foster advancements in innovations, policies and economic growth. Although the research motivations of universities and private industry have traditionally conflicted –  research as a contribution to the public body of knowledge versus a tool to augment corporate profits – universities have become more entrepreneurial while industry has acknowledged the potential for academia to fulfill the need for applied, free-living research. The industry and AEPRL synergy up to this point has embodied this trend by accelerating scientific progress, producing high-quality research, and strengthening the partnership between academics and industry leader.

Industry and AEPRL Partnership

While these collaborations have been fruitful we are appealing for an even more robust relationship.  A strategic partnership that is bidirectional; where industry would have a residence within the university and allow synergy to our research labs, equipment, staff and expertise, while giving AEPRL researchers and student’s direct access to industry professionals, thereby building a network of knowledge that is mutually beneficial. What follows is a list of benefits for an industry sponsored laboratory (in no particular order):

  1. Heightened brand recognition. Immersed in UCLA’s scientific environment is a highly ranked hospital, a premier medical school, top-notch athletic program and over 250 other campus-wide laboratories that will strengthen the industry brand and enable their exceptional product (service) to reach even greater customer satisfaction.
  2. Increased financial prudence. Allocating lab space, equipment, research staff and other infrastructure incurs large upfront expenses as well as burdening financial overhead. The AEPRL currently has over 2500 square feet of dedicated laboratory space, over a half-million dollars invested in state-of-the-art equipment, and full research staff readily available.
  3. Inhabitants within university ecosystem. Industry leaders will be part of the future university ecosystem. In-house industrial laboratories are fraught with conflict-of-interest issues that usually result in simple ‘white papers’ that are falsely declared research studies. Inhabiting a university lab will ensure unbiased, independent arbiters of investigations that can be published in well-respected, peer-reviewed, high-impact research journals.
  4. Accelerated research progress. A continuous Internal Review  Board approval enables more, larger scale investigations at a streamlined rate.  Moreover, the AEPRL will act as a ‘incubator’ for pilot testing new equipment and programming ideas.
  5. Academic expertise hub. A nexus that encourages cross-fertilization of ideas between AEPRL academics and industry personal that will result in new discoveries or novel programming ideas or solutions to complex, system-level problems.

Our Track Record With Industry Partners


  • Study 1: Oura Ring – Its salubrious role in exercise and sleep lifestyle behaviors
  • Study 2: Refinement of biometrics
  • Publication(s): (manuscript in preparation)

  • Currently doing exploratory research with the v-form.


  • Currently doing exploratory research with the Tonal system.


  • We are stoked to have teamed up with Jeremy Ethier and his company BuiltWithScience. Many future projects to come, stay tuned…

  • Study: A unique HIFT program
  • Publication(s):
    • Browne, J, Carter, R, Robinson, T, Waldrup, B, Zhang, G, Carrillo, E, Dinh, M, Arnold, M, Hu, J, Neufeld, E and BA Dolezal.  Not all HIFT classes are created equal: Evaluating energy expenditure and relative intensity of a high-intensity functional training regimen.  International Journal of Exercise Science, 13(4), 1206-1216, 2020. 

  • Study 1: Physiological and metabolic demand of Blackbox immersive virtual reality exergame session.
  • Study 2: Surface EMG activity of a Blackbox immersive virtual reality exergame session.
  • Study 3: Randomized control trial of Blackbox immersive virtual reality training for 4 months.
  • Publication(s): Study 1 currently submitted and in peer review. Study 2 forthcoming.

  • Study: Used as primary outcome measure in compression garments and COVID-19
  • Publication(s):
    • Hu, Jonathon, Browne, J, Baum, J, Robinson, A, Arnold, M, Reid, S, Neufeld, E and BA Dolezal.  Lower limb graduated compression garments modulate autonomic nervous system and improve post-training recovery measured via heart rate variability. International Journal of Exercise Science, 13(7):1794-1806, 2020. 
    • (currently testing in COVID-19 with projected finish March 2021).

  • Study: Exergaming/Gamification with a novel interactive floor projector game system
  • Publication(s): (currently testing with projected finish Summer 2021)

  • Study: Summerboard – folly or fitness?
  • Publication(s):
    • Robinson, T, Carter, R, Browne, J, Hu, J, Arnold, M, Baum, J, Neufeld, E and BA Dolezal.  Energy expenditure and muscular recruitment patterns of riding a novel electrically powered skateboard.  International Journal of Exercise Science, 13(4), 1783-1793, 2020. 

  • Study: Smart-Sled for sports performance enhancement
  • Publication(s): currently testing with projected finish December 2020)

  • Study: Metabolic, physiologic and respiratory consequences to ViPR training
  • Publication(s):
    • Vandenbrink, D, Petrella, N, Neufeld, E, Dolezal, BA and DP MacLennan.  Metabolic responses to a loaded movement training workout.  Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 58(1-2), 35-42, 2018.
    • (currently testing with projected finish March 2021).

  • Study: ‘Springy’ compression garments and performance
  • Publication(s):
    • Baum, J, Carter, R, Neufeld, E and BA Dolezal.  Donning a novel lower-limb restrictive compression garment during training augments muscle power and strength.  International Journal of Exercise Science, 13(3), 890-899, 2020.

  • Study: Recovery and HRV using a compression garment
  • Publication(s):
    • Hu, Jonathon, Browne, J, Baum, J, Robinson, A, Arnold, M, Reid, S, Neufeld, E and BA Dolezal.  Lower limb graduated compression garments modulate autonomic nervous system and improve post-training recovery measured via heart rate variability. International Journal of Exercise Science, 13(7):1794-1806, 2020. 

  • Study: Surface EMG and dry-land snowboarding
  • Publication(s):
    • Robinson, T, Carter, R, Browne, J, Hu, J, Arnold, M, Baum, J, Neufeld, E and BA Dolezal.  Energy expenditure and muscular recruitment patterns of riding a novel electrically powered skateboard.  International Journal of Exercise Science, 13(4), 1783-1793, 2020. 

  • Study: Validation of posture and body composition app
  • Publication(s):
    • Dolezal, BA, Neufeld, E, and R. Seltzer.  Validity and Inter-Rater Agreement of Assessing Circumferential Measurements and Body Composition Using a Mobile Application.  International Journal of Exercise Science (projected November 2020).
    • Boland, D, Neufeld, E, Ruddell, J, Dolezal, BA and CB Cooper.  Inter- and intra-rater agreement of static posture analysis using a mobile application.  Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 28(12), 3398-3402, 2016.

  • Study: Validity of BIA scale
  • Publication(s):
    • Dolezal, BA, Lau, M, Abrazado, M, Storer, TW and CB Cooper.  Validity of two commercial grade bioelectrical impedance analyzers for measurement of body fat percentage.  Journal of Exercise Physiology online, 16(4), 74-83, 2013.

  • Study: Sleep and exercise; Personal training
  • Publication(s):
    • Dolezal, BA, Boland, D, Neufeld, E, Martin, J and CB Cooper.  Behavioral modification enhances the benefits from structured aerobic and resistance training.  Sports Medicine International Open, 3, E48-E57, 2019.
    • Storer, TW, Dolezal, BA, Berenc, M, Timmins, JE, and CB Cooper.  Effect of supervised, periodized exercise training versus self-directed training on lean body mass and other fitness variables in health club members.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(7), 1995-2006, 2014.

  • Study: Validation of PSM, PSM-compression shirt and A-ECG
  • Publication(s):
    • Dolezal, BA, Boland, D, Carney, J, Abrazado, M and CB Cooper.  Validation of a physiological status monitor-embedded compression shirt against a criterion laboratory ECG-derived heart rate.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2014.
    • Dolezal BA, Abrazado M, Batalin MA, Smith D and Cooper CB.  Deployment of Remote Advanced Electrocardiography for Improved Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Career Firefighters.  Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health, 20(7), 1-4, 2014.
    • Smith, DL, Haller, JM, Dolezal, BA, Cooper, CB and PC Fehling.  Evaluation of a wearable physiological status monitor during simulated firefighting activities.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 11, 427-433, 2014.