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Research Focus

The Lab conducts research in the following areas: risk factor reduction for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, childhood obesity, and osteoporosis through exercise and dietary treatments; and comparing the cardiorespiratory and biomechanical responses during exercise in individuals with and without disabilities; exercise interventions include treadmill and ergometer training, hippotherapy, aquatic exercise and whole-body vibration; disabilities include those afflicted with cerebral palsy, autism and Down's syndrome.

The research labs are equipped for exercise testing : Q-stress system and ParvoMedics TrueOne 2400 metabolic cart; automated Tango blood pressure monitor; Velotron ergometer; two Cosmed K4b2; warm water immersion tank; and biochemistry analysis: microplate reader/washer system; MAGPIX multiplex analysis system; YSI 2900 glucose/lactate analyzer; water purification system; analytical balances; refrigerated centrifuge; chromatography refrigerator; multiple ultra-low temp freezers.   The Exercise Physiology Lab is also affiliated with the TWU Institute for Women’s Health.

Lifestyle Education Access for Diabetics: a University Program (LEAD-UP)

This diabetes wellness program is a fitness/wellness program for those adults who are diabetic, have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, or at a high risk of developing diabetes.  The program is funded by a grant from the Flow Foundation.  This program is coordinated by Vic Ben-Ezra, Ph.D, and additional leadership is provided by graduate students in Exercise Physiology and Exercise & Sports Nutrition.  Undergraduate practicum students in Exercise Science work in the program also.

Project EASE (Eating, Activity, Self-Esteem)

Project EASE is a transdisciplinary project research team working on issues associated with the reduction and prevention of childhood obesity.  The project specifically is concerned about appropriate nutrition, physical activity, and self-esteem in pre-schoolers and their parents.  Researchers involved in this project are from the Dept. of Kinesiology, Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Dept. of Psychology, and the TWU Institute for Women’s Health.

Internship Opportunities

Masters students in Exercise Physiology may choose to complete an internship.  Those students choosing this option frequently are interested in cardiac rehabilitation.  Recently, several of our students have done internships in cardiac rehabilitation at the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center at Baylor Hospital in Dallas and at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Professional Organizations

The Exercise Physiology faculty at TWU are actively involved in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Texas Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM).  Graduate students in Exercise Physiology are strongly encouraged to participate in TACSM and ACSM events.

Contact Us

For information, contact Drs. Vic Ben-Ezra and Kyle Biggerstaff.

Vic Ben-Ezra, Ph.D.
Exercise Physiology
Office: PH 116A
(940) 898-2597
Kyle Biggerstaff

Kyle Biggerstaff, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Coordinator
Associate Professor
Exercise Physiology
Office: PH 116B
(940) 898-2596

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