- Email Address
- [email protected]
- Research Areas
- Research Keywords
- Research Description
My lab studies exercise science, with a focus on exercise physiology. Ultimately, we seek to help people get more from their body as a result of physical movement. This applies across the spectrum of age and activity: from the elite athlete pursuing gains in performance to the person at risk of chronic disease seeking improvements in health.
- Research Summary
Our research centres on the application of physical activity and other acute/chronic perturbations to human physiology to understand how and why the body adapts to these stresses. We take an integrative systems approach, with our work focusing on interventions and assessments of cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular physiology. Specific focus areas include projects to understand the effects peripheral blood flow manipulation, the consequences of particularly stressful exercise, and novel training methods to optimize targetted physiological adaptations. From a health perspective, we are interested in understanding how exercise can be used to prevent and control risk factors for cardiovascular and cardiometabolic disease.
- Techniques Used
Indirect calorimetry, blood flow restriction, ultrasound (echocardiography, flow mediated dilatation), near infrared spectroscopy, electrical muscle stimulation, blood and tissue analysis, oral glucose tolerance testing, continuous glucose monitoring, beat-to-beat blood pressure monitoring, baro-receptor sensitivity assessment, cycle ergometry, running performance, strength dynamometry, linear force-velocity profiling, pulse wave velocity, blood gas analysis, plasma volume and Hb mass quantification, auntonomic balance.
- Lab Equipment
GE Ultrasounds (Vivid 7, Vivid Q), Delfi PTS tourniquet (x7), Automated BP (Dinamap, BP True, Tango), Digitimer stimulator, Compex wireless stimulator, 1080 Quantum (with leg extension and leg press dynamometer), 1080 Sprint, Lode Stress echo bench, Cosmed Quark metabolic cart, K5 portable metabolic cart, Artinis Portamon NIRS, tilt table, HP Cosmos treadmill, Airwalk unweighting system, Woodway Force non-motorized treadmill, Woodway Curve treadmill, Velotron Cycle Erg (x2), lactate monitors (lactate plus), glucose monitors (One touch), continuous glucose monitors (Dexcom, Freestyle Libre), ActivPAL activity monitors, Polar HR monitors, hematocrit wheel, portable centrifuge, benchtop centrifuge, exhausting climate chamber, ABL90 Flex blood gas analyzer, Sphygmocor CPVH (pulse wave velocity, wave analysis, HRV), Blood tec CO rebreathe equipment.