Jason D. Allen, PhD
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program & Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
213 Wallace Clinic
Center for Living Campus
Durham, NC, 27710
Under the direction of Jason D. Allen, PhD, the laboratory investigates vascular health and the atherosclerotic process. We combine physiological and biochemical techniques in an attempt to better detect markers of vessel disease development.
Dr. Allen is also a registered vascular specialist (RVS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
Our major focus is peripheral blood flow, endothelial function, and nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability.
Under normal (healthy) conditions, NO has a vaso-protective role. Changes in the bioavailability or chemical species of NO may have a detrimental effect on vascular health.
Efforts to determine markers of NO bioavailability and vascular function may help determine who has the switch for vascular disease turned on or off.
We also investigate the outcomes of different treatment interventions on the vascularture. Exercise training as treatment for vascular disease is a specific interest of ours.
Our research mission is supported by studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association. We are also involved in several industry-sponsored trials (see research projects).