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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.

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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Contact us to discuss funding, volunteering and employment opportunities.