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Assistant Professor

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RESEARCH AND TEACHING AREAS

Area of Research Focus
My research laboratory aims to approach complex physiological problems using integrative and applied experimental approaches that focus on multiple systems in vivo.  Although my primary interest lies with the cardiovascular system, I realize that it is not possible to thoroughly investigate cardiovascular function without the integration of other systems such as the pulmonary, renal, endocrine, and neural systems.  The laboratory aims to understand how intermittent exposure to low oxygen environments can lead to cardiovascular disease such as in patients with sleep apnea, and also to determine how the human adapts or maladapts to various extreme environments.  An important facet of our research program is our belief that physiological research and biomedical engineering need to be combined to create new technologies that innovate future research and improve patient diagnostics or treatments.

My laboratory is currently focused on:

  1. the utility of end-tidal gas control systems and the prediction of arterial blood gases in the assessment of ventilatory and cerebrovascular control.
  2. pulmonary vascular regulation and the effect of hypoxia and high altitude exposure on blood flow through intrapulmonary arteriovenous anastomoses
  3. quantitative ultrasound contrast as an assessment of intracardiac and intrapulmonary shunt and its validation.
  4. the effects of intermittent hypoxia and obstructive sleep apnea on blood pressure control and the control of peripheral vascular function.

Graduate Student Training Opportunities

The Cardiopulmonary Laboratory for Experimental and Applied Physiology is centered on the training of highly qualified personnel and I believe this is integral to the success of our research program.  All trainees will be provided with sufficient room for intellectual growth and development for their own specific projects and themes.  Trainees will interact not only with the members of our laboratory, but also with other closely related laboratories within our research program and affiliates of the Centre for Heart, Lung, and Vascular Health (www.chlvh.ok.ubc.ca).  Those interested in graduate training opportunities should email me directly (glen.foster@ubc.ca).


Laboratory Funding

    1. Canadian Foundation for Innovation/British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund.  Cardiopulmonary Laboratory for Experimental and Applied Physiology.
    2. UBC Okanagan Internal Research Grant Program.  Angiotensin receptor blockers as a novel treatment for cardiovascular disease associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
    3. NSERC – Discovery Grant.  Intermittent Hypoxia and Cardiovascular Adaptation
    4. NSERC – Engage.  A breathing system for controlling arterial blood gases in a spontaneously breathing human.

Research Funding

      1. Canadian Foundation for Innovation/British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund.  Cardiopulmonary Laboratory for Experimental and Applied Physiology.
      2. UBC Okanagan Internal Research Grant Program.  Angiotensin receptor blockers as a novel treatment for cardiovascular disease associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
      3. NSERC – Discovery Grant.  Intermittent Hypoxia and Cardiovascular Adaptation
      4. NSERC – Engage.  A breathing system for controlling arterial blood gases in a spontaneously breathing human.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

For an up-to-date listing of research articles please follow this link:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Foster%20GE