Director of the Center for Health, Care and Well-Being in the Institute for Translational Research, University of Hartford
Director of Exercise Physiology Research, Hartford Hospital
My research focuses on age and sex differences in vascular function and cardiovascular responses to exercise. I currently have research support to investigate the effects of factors such as smoking, testicular cancer, exercise and aging on vascular function. I also am a principal or co-investigator on several NIH-funded projects involving the pleiotropic effects of statin therapy (cholesterol-lowering drugs) in humans. I became interested in exercise, aging, health and disease through a lifetime of running and physical activity. I am excited about this project because understanding how exercise influences disease risk may help us ultimately prescribe exercise in the same manner we would a pill or prescription.
An avid runner myself, I have conducted recent studies at the Boston Marathon to determine the effects of sustained endurance exercise on blood clot risk, markers of cardiovascular injury and stress, and the effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs on these biomarkers. I am particularly interested in disseminating research and information that help others become active and improve fitness, and thus I also maintain a blog dedicated to updates and insights on health and wellness.