APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Environmental Stressors to Improve Physiological Function: Mechanisms and Clinical Implications

Featured Topic — Wednesday, April 28, 2021 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — Virtual Session, Room APS-8
Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section — Chair: Sophie Lalande — Co-Chair: Steven Romero

Environmental stress is historically considered a challenge to human health and homeostasis. However, it was not until recently that physiologists have begun to utilize environmental stress as a means to improve human health, particularly in populations that are unable or unwilling to participate in traditional nonpharmacological therapies such as exercise training. The proposed Featured Topic will highlight recent research that has exploited environmental stressors to improve physiological function. Given the broad scope of the proposed Featured Topic, it is anticipated that abstract-based speakers and our keynote speaker (Dr. Jason H. Mateika) will cover environmental stressors related to intermittent hypoxia therapy, heat therapy, ischemia-reperfusion preconditioning, cryotherapy, and cross-tolerance adaptations. Importantly, benefits associated with these environmental stressors span multiple physiological systems, and will therefore garner widespread attention across the various interest sections of the American Physiological Society and will give rise to a high number of abstract submissions and session attendees. Finally, the session will also serve to stimulate discussion and provide direction for further avenues of research within this highly novel and rapidly evolving field of study.


  • Introductions
    Sophie Lalande — Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin
    2:00 PM - 2:02 PM

  • Abstract 1 - Finnish Sauna Bathing and Vascular Function in Adults with Coronary Artery Disease: Preliminary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial
    Hugo Gravel — Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention Centre, Montreal Heart Institute
    2:02 PM - 2:17 PM

  • Abstract 2 - The Effects of Hypoxia-Induced Central Sleep Apnea on Splenic Contraction and Oxygen Carrying Capacity
    Pontus Holmstrom — Mid Sweden University
    2:17 PM - 2:32 PM

  • Abstract 3 - The Effect of 3-Weeks of Aerobic Exercise in the Heat on Fitness and PGC1α in Females
    Mark McGlynn — Health and Kinesiology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
    2:32 PM - 2:47 PM

  • Abstract 4 - Heat Treatment Attenuates Activities of ET-1 Signaling Pathway and Enhances the Protective HSP72-SOD2 in Ischemic Skeletal Muscle of Rats with Peripheral Artery Disease
    Lu Qin — Heart and Vascular Institute, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
    2:47 PM - 3:02 PM

  • Intermittent Hypoxia: A Low-Risk Research Tool with Therapeutic Value in Humans
    Jason H Mateika — Department of Physiology, Wayne State University
    3:02 PM - 3:22 PM

  • Moderated Discussion
    Sophie Lalande — Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin
    3:22 PM - 3:30 PM

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