KHS Faculty Highlight Research Focus During Symposium at Regional Conference

February 28, 2019

The Kinesiology and Health Sciences Department recently had three faculty members present a symposium at the 2019 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Conference.Portrait photographs of Drs. Kirkman, Rodriguez-Miguelez, and Garten.

The symposium focused on the current strategies and techniques employed when assessing peripheral vascular function and blood flow regulation in healthy and diseased populations. Danielle Kirkman, Ph.D., discussed the use of laser Doppler to assess microvascular function in chronic kidney disease patients; Paula Rodriguez Miguelez, Ph.D., discussed the use of the flow mediated dilation technique in individuals with COPD and cystic fibrosis; and Ryan Garten, Ph.D., discussed the use of passive limb movement and small muscle mass exercise in the evaluation of vascular function and blood flow regulation in healthy individuals and patients with heart failure.  The goal of the symposium was to highlight the novel techniques utilized in the field of vascular physiology and to identify important limitations and considerations when employing these techniques. 

The annual conference was held in Greenville, S.C., and was dedicated to the advancement of sports medicine and exercise science, with more than 1,000 attendees representing a diverse group of professionals and students from ten states. The symposium, titled “Novel Techniques to Assess Peripheral Vascular Function and Blood Flow Regulation in Health and Disease,” was one of 12 symposia presented during the conference.