Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences (IPHS) Center

The Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences (IPHS) Center at Purdue University Northwest will lead research, teaching and outreach with a proactive and holistic approach to human health.

The IPHS Center is currently housed in GYTE 6 (Hammond Campus). Renovations to our new, permanent space in GYTE 3 and 5 have started and the anticipated move-in date is July 2022. We look forward to our opening and serving PNW and NWI!

A snapshot of continuous blood pressure and 3-lead ECG on our motorized tilt table, with an automated blood pressure cuff in the foreground and SphygmoCor system in the background.

A snapshot of continuous blood pressure and 3-lead ECG on our motorized tilt table, with an automated blood pressure cuff in the foreground and SphygmoCor system in the background.

Primary Objectives

  • Expand research in human health at Purdue University Northwest
  • Increase extramural funding to PNW
  • Improve health-related initiatives and impact to PNW and Northwest Indiana
  • Provide human performance testing and dietary analysis services (future)

Center Activities

Once the new space is completed, the center will include the following research areas:

  • Physical activity/exercise
  • Autonomic regulation of blood pressure
  • Sleep physiology
  • Nutrition and metabolism
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Sensory physiology
  • Health and exercise psychology
  • Service and outreach will focus on the ACSM Exercise is Medicine┬« initiative, community health and occupational safety.

Current Projects

  • Studying how acute and eight-week mindfulness interventions influence blood pressure regulation
  • Determining the effect of downhill running on muscle soreness and arterial stiffness in men and women
  • Building a lower-body negative pressure chamber used to simulate gravitational challenges or hemorrhage
  • Examining the cardiometabolic effects of Hibiscus sabdariffa tea (planning to start soon)
  • Please contact Center Coordinator Grant Thivierge at gthivier@pnw.edu or John Durocher if you have any questions.

Affiliated Faculty

john-durocher

John J. Durocher, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, CSCS

Nils K. Nelson Associate Professor of Health Studies


jjduroch@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2625

Hammond Campus, NILS 340D
Westville Campus, DSAC 1093

Matthew Bauman

Matthew J. Bauman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management


mjbauman@pnw.edu

(219) 989-8304

Hammond, HTMB 123

Hassan Naji is pictured.

Hassan Naji, Ph.D.

Lecturer


hnaji@pnw.edu

219-989-3177

Hammond Campus, NILS 340M

Ezra Mutai is pictured.

Ezra Mutai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition


emutai@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2615

Hammond, HTMB 131