Lab Director Christopher T. Minson, PhD
Dr. Christopher Minson’s research focuses on topics related to integrative cardiovascular physiology in humans. Current studies are investigating issues related to improvement of cardiovascular and metabolic function using chronic heat therapy, and understanding the relationships between the endocrine, autonomic, and cardiovascular systems in women in health and disease. Various approaches to measure autonomic, endothelial, vascular, and microvascular function are employed in much of his research.
November 30, 2015
6 signs of a good workout
Ever wonder how to tell whether or not you had a good workout? Dr. Minson gives you some tips in this article:
October 2, 2015
why all our fancy gadgets still can’t beat heatstroke
PhD student Brett Ely offers her expertise on how to track hydration and hopefully prevent heat stroke, based on her previous work done at the US Army’s Research Institute for Environmental Medicine.
July 11, 2015
8 Bizarre side effects that happen to your body during exercise
Dr. Minson weighs in on muscle twitches, numb toes, runny noses, and more in this article from Men’s Health.
July 7, 2015
Aging & athletic performance
Dr. Minson describes how aging affects athletic performance in his recent article published in The Conversation.
February 27-28, 2015
Minson lab attends american college of sports medicine northwest regional conference
Our lab group attended the ACSM NW regional chapter meeting in Bend, OR this past weekend. We were able to take three graduate students and six undergraduates with us to Bend, all of whom got the opportunity to present their current research projects in poster format.
September 7-12, 2014
Minson Lab attends physiology & pharmacology of temperature regulation conference in skukuza, south africa
We recently traveled to Kruger National Park in South Africa to attend the 2014 International Symposium on the Physiology & Pharmacology of Temperature Regulation.
Dr. Minson was an invited speaker for the conference, presenting his work on peripheral adaptations to heat acclimation. Vienna Brunt, Brett Ely, and Michael Francisco all presented new data related to our passive heat therapy and exercise & environmental physiology projects. Check out the pull-down for “Projects” for more information on these research areas.
July 28, 2014
Dr. Chris Minson named first Singer Proffessorship
This is the first endowed professorship established for Human Physiology through a generous donation from Dr. Ken Singer and his wife, Kenda. Congratulations Chris!
July 22, 2014
The PAC-12 Network Interviews Dr. Minson and grad students on the Evonuk Environmental Physiology Core
June 25, 2014
Minson gets “Discovered” – Featured in Discovery News
Dr. Chris Minson chimes in on this feature about heat response and how heat kills.
Read the full story here: How Heat Kills – Discovery News
May 5, 2014
recent publication featured in a podcast from the american physiological society
A recent publication on cutaneous vascular health in young cigarette smokers from Dr. Naoto Fujji, Vienna Brunt, and Dr. Minson was the topic on a recent podcast from the American Physiological Society that featured Dr. Minson and Dr. Lacy Alexander (Penn State), a previous student in the lab.
Listen to the podcast here: Tempol improves cutaneous thermal hyperemia through increasing nitric oxide bioavailability in young smokers
March 1, 2014
Interview with dr. minson featured in “mud & obstacle” Magazine
May 11, 2013
Minson lab undergraduate student, hannah lakehomer, publishes survey study on contraceptive use
Many women manipulate how they use hormonal contraceptives. As an undergraduate student working in Dr. Minson’s lab, Hannah Lakehomer conducted a survey study of 1,324 women at the University of Oregon to discover how women are manipulating their cycles and the primary reasons why women are doing so. Her paper received some press. Check them out here:
You can find the original study under the “Publications” tab.
December 10, 2012
Dr. Minson Travels to australia to assist the richmond football club with heat acclimation training
Dr. Minson recently got back from a two-week trip to Melbourne and Cairns, Australia. During his trip, he helped the Melbourne-based Australian rules football club adapt to playing in the heat in order to prepare for their upcoming season. An article describing his trip can be found on the UO Alumni Association website.
October 25, 2010
Drs. Minson & Lorenzo’s research on heat acclimation receives wide-spread attention
Santiago Lorenzo’s dissertation work on the performance benefits of heat acclimation is both hot and cool conditions received wide-spread attention, including press releases from the University of Oregon and an article in Velo News. Check out the full articles with the links below.
June 18, 2005
environmental chamber installed at the university of oregon
The environmental chamber is capable of simulating almost any environment found on Earth, including a wide range of temperatures, humidity, and up to 18,000 ft of simulated altitude. Dr. Minson and Dr. Halliwill serve as co-directors of the Evonuk Environmental Physiology Core, which houses the environmental chamber. Check out the press release for the opening of the chamber here: Going to Extremes to Improve Human Health