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Help the Centre reach its goal of securing ongoing extramural funding from federal and provincial agencies, industry, public and private foundations and philanthropists to enhance research programs, laboratory facilities and training opportunities in heart, lung and vascular research.

Volunteering for Studies

We are in the process of setting up a testing service for the local Okanagan public and industrial communities.

The CHLVH will offer two main testing procedures, each with a number of sub-tests that address different aspects of cardiovascular and respiratory health or, if you are an athlete, testing athletic fitness/performance.

We also have the ability to offer a number of industrial consultancies in the areas of thermal regulatory stress, clothing performance, hypoxia tolerance, overtraining and exercise programming.

The integrative Clinical Cardiorespiratory Physiology Laboratory (iCCP) at the University of British Columbia Okanagan is recruiting for an upcoming study

Study Name: Breathing Effects on Autonomic Recovery 1 (BEAR1): Does added work of breathing reduce the body’s capacity for recovery from exercise?

Study Objective: We are investigating how the heart responds to high and low levels of breathing effort after exercise.

Participant Details: We are looking to recruit eighteen healthy individuals between the ages of 19 and 39 who do NOT:

 Have a heart, lung (including asthma) or brain condition 
 Have diabetes 
 Have a muscle or bone condition that limits vigorous cycling exercise 

Study Details: The study will involve four visits to our lab at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus at the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre. On each of the 4 visits we will measure your lung function, heart rate and fitness and track how your heart rate responds to maximal exercise at high and low levels of breathing work. You will be asked to rest and exercise while breathing at different workloads, which will be measured by a balloon catheter (like a thin piece of spaghetti) in your esophagus. From this study, you will gain information regarding your heart, lung and nervous system function and will receive information on your fitness level.

Contact Information: If you are interested or would like more information about this study please email John Sasso at and we will contact you with further information and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

The Exercise Metabolism and Inflammation Laboratory at the University of British Columbia Okanagan is recruiting for an upcoming study

We are looking for men:

without diabetes or other medical conditions affecting glucose or insulin levels 
body mass index between 18.5-24.9 kg/m2 (weight (kg) / height (m) 2) 
non smoker and, between the ages of 18-35 

Participation involves consuming three experimental trials where you will receive three meals and be required to stay in the lab for an entire day (~9 hours). On one condition you will receive high-carbohydrate meals, in another you will receive low-carbohydrate meals, and in another you will receive high-carbohydrate meals and be asked to climb the stairs at specific points during the day. The main objective of this study is to determine if saliva samples can be used to track insulin levels after breakfast, lunch, and dinner under different conditions.

If you are interested please contact:

Dr. Hossein Rafiei


The effect of intermittent hypoxia exposure on neurovascular transduction

INVESTIGATORS: Troy Stuckless, M.Sc. Student; Courtney Brown, M.Sc. Student; Paulo Dominelli, Ph.D; Najib Ayas, M.D., Associate Professor; Glen E. Foster, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

We are looking for adults free from disease and not taking any medications to participate in a study examining the effects of 40 minutes of intermittently breathing low oxygen on the function of your blood vessels.

Inclusion Criteria:
• You are a male between the age of 18-45
• You are currently not taking any medications, prescribed or over-the-counter

Exclusion Criteria:
• Previous clinical history of liver disease, heart failure, heart attack, coronary artery disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, impaired kidney function, or smoked within the past year
• Taking any medications
• High blood pressure (greater than 140/90 mmHg)
• Obesity (body mass index greater than 30)

This investigation is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the UBCO Faculty of Health and Social Development.

This study will involve one 40-minute bout of intermittently breathing air with low oxygen. Measurements will include responses to moderate lower body suction and baseline and follow-up assessments of blood vessel function and nervous system control. We will also use a technique called microneurography, which involves inserting a microelectrode about the size and thickness of an accupuncture needle into your leg in order to measure nerve activity directly. You will be expected to visit the laboratory for assessments on 2 occasions, and your total time commitment would be 5 hours.

The results of this research will provide new information about how intermittently breathing low oxygen leads to changes in the way our blood vessels function.

For more information please contact Troy Stuckless

Phone: 250.807.8083

Training & Employment Opportunities

Information about graduate training within the CHLVH, and openings for research associates or Centre personnel can be found here.

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