World’s top physiologists coming to Okanagan

Collaboration and sharing research is the goal of cardiovascular and respiratory symposium.

Neil Eves

UBC’s Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health is attracting leading world experts to the Okanagan this week.

The inaugural Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium is being held at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon from March 20 to 22 and features three keynote speakers who are internationally acclaimed researchers:

Prof. Bill Milson, UBC Vancouver’s head of zoology, speaking on adaptations to the respiratory system during hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation;

Assoc. Prof. Frank Dinenno, Colorado State University, will speak on how blood vessel function is regulated in exercise and hypoxia;

Prof. Peter Raven, University of North Texas Health Science Centre, who will address arterial and cardiopulmonary reflexes control blood pressure especially during exercise.

In addition, there are numerous scientific sessions devoted to such topics as respiratory, cardiovascular, environmental and cerebrovascular physiology with academic experts from Universities in Alberta, British Columbia the U.S. and U.K.

Much of the research under discussion at the symposium will point the way to better understanding of how the heart lungs and blood vessels function in an integrative function but also with special attention to preventive aspects of cardiovascular and respiratory health.

“The Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium will bring internationally renowned researchers and trainees from all around North America and Europe to the B.C. Interior to present research in the cardiovascular and respiratory sciences,” says Neil Eves, associate professor with UBC’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences and co-director of the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health. “It will also give trainees a rare opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from leading international researchers in a more informal and supportive environment.”

“We also hope it will help generate new research collaborations and further establish our centre and UBC as a legitimate entity in the disciplines of cardiovascular and respiratory sciences,” says Philip Ainslie, professor with the School of Health and Exercise Sciences and co-director of the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health.


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