“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...

Women’s Vascular Health


Estrogen and progesterone can work independently, together, and antagonistically on the endothelium – depending on their form and levels in the body. Current birth control and hormone therapy treatments utilize varied combinations of both natural and synthetic estrogens and progestogens. Despite widespread use of birth control and hormone therapy, the effects of these exogenous hormones on vascular regulation are not fully understood. Physiological maturity (pre-menopausal, post-menopausal) and underlying health conditions (such as insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, or obesity) can impact the vascular responses to estrogen and progesterone. Dr. Minson’s research team is currently investigating the independent and combined roles of estrogen and progesterone in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, studying both overweight and lean populations. His team also investigates how the sympathetic nervous system contributes to vascular function and health in women, including how an increased sympathetic overdrive could lead to deleterious effects on cardiovascular and endocrine health.

We are currently recruiting subjects with PCOS for long-term heat therapy studies (see “Passive Heat Therapy” tab under the “Projects” pull-down) and we will be recruiting subjects with PCOS for other studies in the near future, so please stay tuned!