Melissa Bates, PhD is a scientist in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her PhD at Penn State University where she investigated the impact of cigarette smoking and ozone exposure on pulmonary function and exercise capacity. During her postdoctoral fellowship she became interested in the control of the pulmonary vasculature during stresses like hypoxia and exercise.
Dr. Bates’s current work focuses on understanding how experiences during early childhood and infancy (mechanical ventilation, supplemental oxygen therapy, and disease) can impact an individual’s future ability to respond to stress. She’s passionate about understanding how physical activity can positively impact health during childhood and adulthood and in the physiological changes that occur during exercise. She especially loves talking about physiology with anyone that will listen.
Dr. Bates can be reached at BoundaryLayerPhysiology at gmail dot com.
Patrice Brassard, PhD is Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Université Laval, Quebec city, Canada. During his graduate studies, his major interest was cardiorespiratory physiology during exercise in clinical populations, (i.e. in patients with congenital heart diseases and in patients with type 2 diabetes). Then, he had the opportunity to work as a postdoc in Copenhagen to study cerebrovascular physiology in healthy subjects, patients with diabetes and patients with advanced heart failure.
Dr. Brassard is presently interested in studying the impact of vasopressors on cerebrovascular physiology in patients with type 2 diabetes. He is also interested in cerebrovascular physiology at rest and during exercise in athletes and in patients with pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Brassard blogs about cerebrovascular physiology at Le Physiologiste, but considers himself an old-school physiologist (read: not a reductionist) interested in integration at the whole-system level. This is why he wants to share his expertise and thoughts about integrative and translational physiology here at The Boundary Layer!
Dr. Brassard can be reached at lephysiologiste at gmail dot com.
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