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Research Focus

The Exercise Physiology Laboratory at TWU conducts research focusing on the role of exercise in chronic disease risk factor reduction.  Specifically, the Lab is interested in risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, childhood obesity, and osteoporosis.  The Lab is housed in Pioneer Hall and consists of a human exercise testing lab with multiple Quinton ECG/Treadmill systems, Parvomedics metabolic carts, and Monark cycle ergometers.  Adjacent to the human exercise testing lab is a biochemistry lab with a centrifuge, gamma counter, microplate reader, spectrophotometer, electrophoresis system, ultra-low freezers, and other essential exercise biochemistry equipment.  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
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Barbara Barnick-Ben-Ezra, Ph.D.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Mentor
Program Coordinator
Office: PH 217
(940) 898-2340

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

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