A salient feature of almost all cardiovascular diseases, and there associated risk factors, is the activation of the sympathetic nervous system. The consequences of this action are profound and impact blood pressure control, insulin sensitivity, arrhythmogenesis, and risk of sudden cardiac death. The primary aim of my research is to better understand the mechanisms that control and the functional consequences of sympathetic outflow at rest and during stress in humans with and without cardiovascular disease. To elucidate these mechanisms, I employ direct intraneural recordings of postganglionic sympathetic nerve activity, studying both multi- and single-fibre preparations. A major focus of my current work is directed at uncovering the ability of sympathetic fibres to be selectively and differentially controlled. Advancing our knowledge of these integrative mechanisms will open the doors to testing novel and clinically relevant exercise and non-exercise interventions designed to reduce sympathetic over-activation. Presently, my research is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Simultaneous assessment of central and peripheral chemoreflex regulation of muscle sympathetic nerve activity and ventilation in healthy young men.
J Physiol. 2019 May 13;:
Heart Failure-Specific Relationship Between Muscle Sympathetic Nerve Activity and Aortic Wave Reflection.
J Card Fail. 2019 Mar 09;:
J Appl Physiol (1985). 2019 Feb 28;:
Docosahexaenoic acid reduces resting blood pressure but increases muscle sympathetic outflow compared to eicosapentaenoic acid in healthy men and women.
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2019 Feb 08;:
Front Physiol. 2018;9:1700
Evidence for differential control of muscle sympathetic single units during mild sympathoexcitation in young healthy humans.
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2018 Nov 02;:
Cardiovascular responses during isometric exercise following lengthening and shortening contractions.
J Appl Physiol (1985). 2018 Nov 01;:
J Physiol. 2018 Sep 11;:
Pharmacological assessment of the arterial baroreflex in a young healthy obese male with extremely low baseline muscle sympathetic nerve activity.
Clin Auton Res. 2018 Aug 20;:
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 Aug 10;:
Affiliate Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI)
Assistant Professor, Human Health & Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph
Adjunct faculty, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University