“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...


 We are currently recruiting women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 to 45 for a study investigating the effects of long-term heat exposure on cardiovascular and metabolic health.

The study involves cardiovascular and metabolic health testing at the beginning, middle, and end of an 8-10 week period. Some subjects will sit in a hot tub 3-4 times per week for this 8-10 week period (one hour per session), and some subjects will not use the hot tub but will complete all other testing.


  • Female age 18-40
  • Diagnosed with PCOS
  • Body mass index (BMI) between 30-45 kg/m2
  • No smoking, heart disease, or diabetes (slightly high blood pressure and pre-diabetes are okay)
  • Not pregnant or currently breast feeding


  • Screening session (<1 hour)
  • If in the experimental group, 30 heating sessions over 8-10 weeks (1-1.5 hours each). Control subjects will not have heating sessions.
  • 11 experimental sessions: 4 prior to and 4 following the 8-10 weeks of heating, 3 after 4-5 weeks of heating (2-4 hours each).

If interested please contact Brett Ely, M.S. at minsonlab@gmail.com.

Upon participation in this study, subjects will be compensated for their time up to $470 depending on group assignment and study activities.