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 Leon Levine Hall's Electrophysiology Lab (LHS 120) and collaborates closely with other laboratories (e.g., Exercise and Respiratory Physiology Lab, Muscle Metabolism and Perfusion Lab, Cardiovascular Research Lab). The NCCL 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, a baroreceptor collar system, 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!
NCCL in Action
Graduate assistant, Carter Luck, presents his thesis data at the 2019 Celebration of Student Research at Appalachian State.
Undergraduate research assistant, Stacey Donanvant, presents NCCL research at the 2019 Celebration of Student Research at Appalachian State.
NCCL research student Taylor Lovci and Sera Denlea (Exercise and Respiratory Physiology Lab) present an upcoming joint project at the 2019 Celebration of Student Research at Appalachian State.
Research student, Danna Rodriguez, presents NCCL pilot data at the 2018 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Greenville, SC. Danna also presented this work at the national ACSM meeting in Minneapolis, MN.
NCCL research students, Jordan Stamey and Courtney Collins, present findings at the 2018 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Greenville, SC.
Abigail Stickford, Ph.D.
Department of Health and Exercise Science