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Professorial Lecture - Professor Helen Jones

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James Parsons Building, Liverpool John Moores University

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It’s a Grand old ‘tube’ to play for…
Helen Jones - Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology

My interest in sport and exercise began at an early age (despite not being very good at it). Following my Sport Science degree I embarked on a career in the fitness industry assisting people with cardiovascular and metabolic risk and disease to use exercise as a vehicle to manage their condition. Upon returning to University I now have the privilege of attempting to improve health with exercise as my fun and exciting career where every day is different.

My PhD focussed on understanding how the blood pressure response to exercise is different depending on the time of day. This sparked my interest in blood vessels (‘tubes”) and how they respond to provide sufficient blood flow during exercise but also how to keep the blood vessels healthy to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. My PhD was under the guidance of Professors Atkinson and George and together with significant influence from Professors Green and Cable I was able to learn novel techniques in the assessment of conduit, resistance and skin blood vessels. During my early career I was also fortunate to visit a number of world-renowned laboratories, most notably the laboratory of Professor Ainslie at the University of British Columbia to learn how to assess blood vessels in the brain. Together, these techniques have been integral to my research to date.

During my post-doctoral research I became interested in the impact of endocrinology on blood vessels. My subsequent research has focussed on understanding conditions where changes in hormones cause cardiovascular consequences and increased cardiovascular risk (e.g. Type 2 Diabetes and female reproductive conditions including the menopausal transition). My research has shown that appropriate exercise training can improve blood vessel function to (i) contribute to reducing cardiovascular disease risk, (ii) enhance thermoregulatory control, and (iii) reduce the negative consequences of the menopause. I also have a keen interest in examining other interventions and treatments to improve blood vessel function including inflating a blood pressure cuff (called ischemic preconditioning) and whole body heating and cooling. Investigating whether these interventions can be effective alone or in combination with exercise training is a current research theme.

My inaugural professorial lecture will illuminate my academic journey to date, outline some of my key research findings and provide insight into how the findings are beneficial for health and disease risk. Throughout the lecture I will thank some very influential people and highlight the importance of a grand old ‘team’. The focus will be on blood vessels or ‘tubes’, understanding the impact of hormones on these vessels and how to improve the health of blood vessels with novel interventions.

Drinks reception will follow the lecture.

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