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Student Research Projects

Picture of Jill coming soon! Summer 2010-Spring 2011. Autonomic dysreflexia is a condition that affects individuals with high-level injury to the spinal cord. The condition is characterized by bouts of high blood pressure that place the individual at risk for stroke. Endurance training decreases blood pressure. Jill Dean, an undergraduate Biomedical Sciences (pre-med) major, is currently performing studies in hindlimb paralyzed rats to determine if chronic exercise training of normally functioning forelimbs will reduce the severity of these bouts of high blood pressure.
picture of Shelby coming soon! Spring 2010 - Spring 2011. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) refers to the time variation between heart beats that is observed over many heart beats. Studies have shown that measures of HRV decrease not only in obvious disease states like diabetes and heart failure, but also in individuals who are obese or physically unfit. Few studies have correlated measures of HRV with fitness in children. Shelby East, an undergraduate Biomedical Sciences major, is currently performing studies in fourth grade students to correlate measures of HRV, obtained from 10 minute ECG recordings, to fitness variables obtained while students performed  FitnessGram® testing at their local school.