Current Projects

Below is a list of our ongoing projects:

 

COVID-19 IPC Study: Integrative physiologic consequences of contracting COVID-19 (IRB#: 20-0304)

  • This study is a collaboration between the MMPL, NCCL, and ERPL laboratories. We are looking for relatively healthy males and females (18-65 yr) who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 4 weeks.  You will be asked to perform multiple tests examining exercise capacity as well as lung, blood vessel and nerve function.  Your involvement in this study will hopefully inform the scientific and medical community of the long-term health effects of having COVID-19. More information can be found using this link: https://phes.appstate.edu/laboratories/muscle-metabolism-perfusion-laboratory-mmpl/covid-19-study-study-enrollment

The influence of trait anxiety on ventilatory mechanics and dyspnea during exercise in otherwise healthy college students (IRB#: 16-0208)

  • We are looking for subjects with various levels of anxiety to investigate breathing mechanics and the perception of breathlessness during exercise under typical conditions and when breathing is challenged. Subjects must be otherwise healthy (no known cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, or renal diseases) and of college age (18-24 yr).  

The influence of auditory distraction on ventilatory mechanics and dyspnea during exercise in obese women (IRB#: 16-0308)

  • We are looking for obese females (body mass index 30 kg·m-2 - 40 kg·m-2) to investigate breathing mechanics and the perception of breathlessness during exercise. Subjects must be otherwise healthy (no known cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, or renal diseases) and aged 18-45 yr.

The affective dimension of exertional dyspnea in obese women (IRB#: 18-0354)

  • We are looking for obese females (body mass index 30 kg·m-2 - 40 kg·m-2) to examine the psycho-physiological mechanism of breathlessness during exercise. Subjects must be otherwise healthy (no known cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, or renal diseases) and aged 18-45 yr.

The effect of estimated versus measured thoracic gas volume on body composition in obese adults (IRB#: 18-0355)

  • We are looking for normal weight and obese individuals to examine potential differences between methods of body composition measurement. Subjects must be otherwise healthy (no known cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, or renal diseases), non-smokers, and aged between 18-45 yr. 

Locomotor respiratory coupling patterns following dissociative and associative attentional strategies in healthy but untrained men and women (IRB#: 18-0114)

  • We are looking for healthy men and women (18-35 yr) who do not regularly participate in aerobic physical activity. This study requires three laboratory visits and will examine how focusing strategies and distraction influence coordination during treadmill running.