Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology

About the Lab

The Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP) is a teaching and research laboratory located in Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. The overall goal of LIHP is to gain a better understanding of the effect of various diseases (e.g., obesity, cancer, metabolic syndrome, etc.) on vascular as well as cardiac systems in an integrative approach as well as to develop a better understanding of how to treat the effect of these diseases on the cardiovascular system. In addition, to its own goals the LIHP serves as a resource to other investigators at the University of Minnesota to assist them in their research objectives involving the measurement of vascular and cardiovascular structure and function. Because of this unique mission the LIHP collaborates with a number of researchers at the University of Minnesota in various departments such as Pediatrics, Epidemiology, Preventive Cardiology, Oncology, as well as researchers in the University of Minnesota General Clinic Research Center, St. Paul Heart Clinic and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Leadership

The LIHP is under the direction of Donald Dengel, Ph.D., who also serves as Director of the Human Performance Core and Densitometry Services of the University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

News from the Lab

School of Kinesiology professors meet with Guatemalan Olympic Committee

Thursday, April 21, 2016:   Last week, School Kinesiology Drs. Christopher Lundstrom, George Biltz, and  Donald Dengel traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala to meet with members of the Guatemalan Sports Confederation and the Guatemalan Olympic Committee to evaluate the two programs. In addition to evaluating the two sports programs, Drs. Lundstrom, Biltz and Dengel presented to the staff and members of both the … Continue reading School of Kinesiology professors meet with Guatemalan Olympic Committee [Read Full Story]


Kinesiology alum, adviser involved in multi-million NIH grant

Monday, April 4, 2016: Kinesiology alumnus Aaron Kelly, Ph.D. (2004), associate professor of pediatrics and medicine in the U of M Department of Pediatrics,  and a colleague, Dr. Jennifer Abuzzahab, received a pilot grant in 2010 from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute to study severe obesity in children. That pilot grant paved the way for a multi-million NIH grant and … Continue reading Kinesiology alum, adviser involved in multi-million NIH grant [Read Full Story]


Dengel publishes book chapter with current student and alumna

Monday, March 7, 2016: Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, is lead author of a book chapter titled “The effects and long-term outlook of cancer therapies on cardiovascular structure and function in childhood cancer survivors.” The chapter appears in the book, Horizons in Cancer Research. Volume 61. … Continue reading Dengel publishes book chapter with current student and alumna [Read Full Story]


Dengel’s research cited in NewsOne

Monday, February 29, 2016: An article in the online publication News One  cites Donald Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, for his co-authored study on the benefits of standing desks in the classroom. A teacher in San Rafael, CA, has replaced chairs with balance balls in her kindergarten class as a way … Continue reading Dengel’s research cited in NewsOne [Read Full Story]


LIHP alumni, current students, faculty collaborate on publication

Tuesday, February 16, 2016: Justin Geijer, Ph.D., (Ph.D., 2015) an assistant professor at Winona State University, is the lead author of an article published in the journal, Physiological Measurement. The article, “Comparison of brachial dilatory responses to hypercapnia and reactive hyperemia” reported that hypercapnia (a condition of abnormally elevated carbon dioxide levels in the blood) and reactive hyperemia (the … Continue reading LIHP alumni, current students, faculty collaborate on publication [Read Full Story]


Former doctoral student Kara Marlatt publishes in Preventive Medicine Reports

Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Kara Marlatt, Ph.D., M.P.H., a 2015 graduate of the School of Kinesiology, is the lead author of an article recently published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports. The article, entitled “Breakfast and fast food consumption are associated with selected biomarkers in adolescents,” examines the effect of breakfast and fast food consumption on biological markers of … Continue reading Former doctoral student Kara Marlatt publishes in Preventive Medicine Reports [Read Full Story]