“Physiology of today is the medicine of tomorrow”

Ernest Henry Starling, Physiologist (1926)

What are we doing?

We are currently conducting integrative studies to understand how the human cardiovascular system is affected by both health and disease.

Research Subjects Needed

Interested in participating? We are currently enrolling both healthy able-bodied and spinal cord injured individuals. Check out current projects in the “Projects” pull-down.

Scientific Conferences

We regularly present our newest research at scientific conferences each year. Click here for information about recent conferences we have attended. // September 7-12, 2014...

Dr. Chris Minson named first Singer Professorship

Pictured: Dr. Chris Minson, Dr. Ken & Kenda Singer, Dept Head Dr. Li-Shan Chou // This is the first endowed professorship established for Human...

Lab Director Christopher T. Minson, PhD

In addition to directing the Human Cardiovascular Control Lab, Dr. Minson is also co-director of the  Evonuk Environmental Physiology Core.




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.

Taylor Eymann presenting her research of cutaneous microvascular function

Taylor Eymann presenting her research on cutaneous microvascular function

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.

Our lab group enjoying a relaxing evening on the Zambezi River in Zambia after an eventful conference.

Our lab group enjoying a relaxing evening on the Zambezi River in Zambia after an eventful conference.

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:

No Period Please: Many Women Skip Menstruating

Women Now Regularly Manipulating Menstrual Cycle, Study Indicates

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.

UO Media Release: Heat acclimation benefits athletic performance in hot and cool conditions

Velo News: Heat acclimation gives big cycling performance improvements in cool conditions, study finds

Science Daily: Exercising in the heat may improve athletic performance in cool and hot conditions, study suggests

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

Photo credit: Jack Liu;

Photo credit: Jack Liu;