“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. // April 15-17, 2016...

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...

Exercise and Environmental Physiology


Exercise and changes in environmental conditions place stress on the body, triggering physiological responses. Studying the mechanisms of heat, cold and altitude acclimation provide insight into the body’s ability- or inability – to induce and sustain internal adaptations. Dr. Minson’s team uses a state-of-the-art environmental chamber to simulate exposure to various environmental conditions. By pairing exercise with environmental stress in healthy populations, we can test the limits of physiological adaptation. For example, recent research in our lab has shown that exercise performance in highly trained athletes can be improved following a period of heat acclimation, even when exercise is performed in a cool environment. This work also has implications for patient populations, in which they don’t tolerate changes in environmental conditions. Finally, it is possible that exposure to environmental challenges may cause adaptations in patients that improve their health or allow them to gain the most benefit from exercise. This is an exciting area of research that is relatively unexplored.