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Dr. Trisha Reger

Dr. Reger’s area of research involves the study of the influence of exercise cardioprotection in a model of spontaneous hypertension.  Her collaborative research in the field of cardiovascular physiology has been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals and she has presented her research at both regional and national conferences. 

Professional Presentations

“Acute Exercise Worsens Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Tolerance in Hypertension.” American College of Sports Medicine’s Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise, Indianapolis, IN, September 29, 2006.

“Myocardial Hypoperfusion/Reperfusion Tolerance with Exercise Training in Hypertension.”  Student-Faculty Research Symposium, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, December 1, 2005.

“Compensatory Hypertrophy Secondary to Pressure and Volume Overload Improves Myocardial Hypoperfusion/Reperfusion Tolerance.”Annual Meeting of American College of Sports Medicine, Nashville, TN, June, 2005.

“Exercise Training and Coronary Resistance in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats.” Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, May, 2004.


MacDonnell SM, Kubo H, Harris DM, Chen X, Berretta R, Barbe MF, Kolwicz S, Reger PO, Eckhart A, Renna BF, Koch WJ, Houser SR, Libonati JR.  Calcineurin inhibition normalizes beta-adrenergic responsiveness in the spontaneously hypertensive rat.  Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2007 Nov; 293(5):H3122-9. Epub 2007 Sep 7.

Renna BF, MacDonnell SM, Reger PO, Crabbe DL, Houser SR, Libonati JR.  Relative systolic dysfunction in female spontaneously hypertensive rat myocardium.  J Appl Physiol. 2007 Jul;103(1):353-8. Epub 2007 Apr 12.

Reger, P.O.  Barbe, M.F., Amin, M., Renna,B.F., Hewston, L.A., MacDonnell, S. M., Houser, and S. R., Libonati, J. R. Myocardial Hypoperfusion/Reperfusion Tolerance With Exercise Training In Hypertension. Journal of Applied Physiology, 100 (2):  541-547, 2006.

Renna, B.F., Kubo, H., MacDonnell, S.M.  Crabbe, D.L., Reger, P.O., Houser, SR., and Libonat, J.R. Enhanced Acidotic Myocardial  Ca 2+ Responsiveness with Training in Hypertension.  Med Sci Sports & Exercise, 38(5): 847-855, 2006.

MacDonnell, S.M., Kubo, H., Crabbe, D.L., Renna, B. F., Reger, P.O., Mohara, J., Smithwick, L.A. Koch, W.J., Houser, S.R., and Libonati, J.R..  Improved Myocardial Beta-Adrenergic Responsiveness and Signaling with Exercise Training in Hypertension.  Circulation 111:  3264-3272, 2005. 

Article in Review

Kolwicz, S., MacDonnell, S.M., Renna, B.F., Reger, P.O., Seqqat, R., Rafiq, K., Kendrick, Z., Houser, S.R., and Libonati, J.R.  Left ventricular remodeling with exercise in hypertension.  American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulation (in review).

Dr. Tracey Greenwood

Contributing Science Author for Fitness Prescription for Women


Decreasing Abdominal Fat, Fitness Rx, April 2011

Eat More, Lose More, Fitness Rx August 2011

Exercises for Improving Fitness & Decreasing Fat, Fitness Rx Aug 2011

Burn More Fat the Low Carbohydrate Way, Fitness Rx Oct 2011

The Principles of the hCG Diet, Fitness Rx Oct 2011

Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Fitness Rx Feb. 2012

Publication in The Journal of Religion and Health

A Journey Towards Wholeness, J Relig Health
 DOI 10.1007/s10943-011-9546-9

Dr. Tom Franek


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Franek TB, Ramirez R.  The use of engagement theory and transitional learning in Athletic training education.  Athl Ther Today. (currently under peer-review.)

Franek TB, Martin M. Metacognition in athletic training education. Athl Ther Today. 2008;13(4):2-4.

Scientific Presentations

Hanley SM, Franek TB.  Recognition of an anterior cruciate ligament sprain in a female soccer player with downs syndrome: a case report. (Poster Presentation). Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Convention and Clinical Symposium.  May 2008.

Franek TB.  Case report:  Osteochondral Fracture in a Collegiate Basketball Player.  Eastern University, Approved Clinical Instructor / Athletic Training Student Clinical Symposium. November 2007.

Franek TB, Ingersoll CD, Stemmans C, O’Conner T. Guided practice improves shoulder flexion goniometry. (Poster Presentation). National Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention and Clinical Symposium.  Dallas, TX, June 2002.

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