Neural Cardiovascular Control Laboratory

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Welcome to the Neural Cardiovascular Control Lab (NCCL) at Appalachian State University!

The NCCL focuses on the autonomic control of circulation and vascular function, under conditions of health, stress (e.g., pregnancy, exercise), and disease. 

The lab is located within the Charleston Forge research complex and collaborates closely with other laboratories (e.g., Exercise and Respiratory Physiology Lab, Vascular Biology and Autonomic Studies Lab) in the Integrative Human Physiology Research Cluster. The lab is equipped with a microneurography system (Iowa Biosystems, Nerve Traffic Analysis system) to directly measure activity of sympathetic nerves, a noninvasive beat-to-beat blood pressure monitor, a tilt bed, and an ultrasound machine to take images of major blood vessels.  Additionally, the lab has use of treadmills and (upper and lower body) cycle ergometers, metabolic carts, a BodPod to assess body composition, SphygmoCor to analyze arterial pressure waveforms, and more!

 

 


Contact

Abigail Stickford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Exercise Science
828.262.7214
stickfordas@appstate.edu