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Friday Research Seminar Series

Hosted by Research

Friday, November 8 at 12:00 PM
Des Moines University, Ryan Hall 281, Des Moines, IA, 50322 Show Map

Friday Research Seminar Series


This week’s Friday Research Seminar Series will be hosted by the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. All faculty members and students are invited to attend.

Sympathetic Mechanisms of Thermoregulatory Reflex Cutaneous Vasoconstriction


  1. Describe how skin blood flow is controlled and how this can serve as a model for microvascular function.
  2. Explain how the cutaneous vasoconstriction response is altered with primary aging.
  3. Identify future experimental directions designed to further elucidate how the cutaneous microvasculature respond to thermal stress.   


Lang, James (2)

James Lang, Ph.D.

Assistant professor – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Assistant professor – Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Dr. James Lang’s mentorship throughout his academic path has been from investigators that specialized in thermoregulation and fluid homeostasis; not only as it relates to exercise performance, but how these mechanisms are altered with various disease states.  During this time, he has developed a more specific interest in sympathetic mechanisms in skin and how these pathways may serve as a model for understanding how the microvasculature responds to stress.  During his postdoctoral training, Dr. James Lang studied muscle sympathetic nerve activity as it relates to blood pressure control mechanisms in humans.


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