Professor and Dean
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois – United States
Bo Fernhall, Ph.D. started his career with a focus on physical fitness and cardiac rehabilitation, and he spent over 20 years directing university based cardiac rehabilitation programs. This shaped his current research interests in exercise physiology with a specialization in cardiovascular function and health throughout the lifespan. He currently has an active, funded research program on the effect of exercise and physical activity on heart and arterial health. He is especially interested in the how exercise impacts the interaction of heart, arterial and autonomic function and how these factors are affected by inflammation. Dr. Fernhall research program has a special focus on aging, racial and ethnic health disparities and cardiovascular health and function in individuals with disabilities or chronic disease conditions, especially populations with MS.
Dr. Fernhall has been recognized for his work earning several awards, including the Distinguished Service award from the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness; the G. Lawrence Rarick National Research Award for research in individuals with intellectual disabilities, and the King James McCristal Distinguished Scholar Award. He was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2005. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Fernhall is currently Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences and Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Together with several other faculty he founded the Integrative Physiology Laboratory in the College of Applied Health Sciences at UIC in 2012.
Thursday, November 7
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM