Women's Cardiovascular Research Laboratory

Our research focus is on cardiovascular health in women throughout the lifespan. We study mechanisms contributing to vascular dysfunction in women as they age, and the role estrogen may play in maintaining vascular health. We also study blood pressure regulation in women to understand why the prevalence of hypertension is greater in women after menopause.

Located at the University of Delaware STAR Campus, the Women’s Cardiovascular Research Lab is equipped to assess microvascular and macrovascular function in humans. In conjunction with the Center for Cardiovascular Health, and the Cardiovascular Physiology Lab, we also have the capability to measure 24-hour blood pressure, central pressure, and directly record sympathetic outflow in humans. We also work closely with the Nurse Managed Primary Care Center, where are participants are seen for study screenings and exercise testing.

Director: Megan Wenner