The Integrative Cardiometabolic Laboratory is located in the Student Recreation Center of Old Dominion University within the School of Kinesiology and Health Science in the College of Health Sciences. Our laboratory’s research focus entails investigating the impact of physical activity or inactivity on cardiometabolic health in humans. We have multiple ongoing projects in healthy young subjects, older adults, and pregnant women.

Laboratory Techniques

  • Ultrasound: Our lab is equipped with a GE ultrasound machine for measures of peripheral and cardiac blood flow. Peripheral arteries that are measured in the lab include the brachial, femoral, popliteal and carotid arteries. We use Quipu Cardiovascular Suite for analyzing our blood flow files.

  • Pulse wave velocity analysis:  Pulse wave velocity and pulse wave analysis can be determined.

  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems

  • Finapres: Using the Finapres device, we can measure baroreflex sensitivity and a number of other cardiovascular variables.

Other measurements:

  • Fitness testing
  • Blood sampling for biomarkers
  • Oral glucose tolerance tests
  • Mixed meal tolerance tests
  • Body composition assessment

External Grant Funding

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  • American Heart Association AIREA. The influence of removal of exercise on cardiometabolic risk factors in the aging population. $154,000 2022-2024
  • Medtronic Plc. The impacted of reduced physical activity on glycemic control and vascular function in older adults. 2021
  • National Science Foundation. EAGER: Non-invasive monitoring of arterial parameters via model-based analysis of arterial pulse signals measured by a microfluidic-based tactile sensor. $199,935 2019-2020. See the grant.

Find our research

Our researchers explore how activity influences our bodies and examines a broad spectrum of patient, including the pregnant, diabetic and the elderly. 

Become a Lab Researcher

Graduate Research Assistant Funding in the Cardiometabolic Lab is available. Contact our director, Dr. Leryn Reynolds, for more information.