Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health Laboratory

Man extends leg using Biodex machine in the REACH lab

The overall goal of the Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) laboratory is to understand the cardiovascular and pulmonary adaptations to chronic disease (heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and cancer).

This laboratory is interested in the development of effective exercise interventions that maximize cardiovascular health in people with and without disease. Using non-invasive methods to study the heart, lungs, brain and vascular system, the REACH lab is interested in understanding the cellular processes that modulate vascular function in those with disease and whether exercise interventions can improve vascular health.

special lab bicycle equipment

man's legs using NuStep machine

Group receives award

blood flow ultrasound image

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Fitness and Body Composition Services

REACH lab offers the following assessments, available to the community, on a fee-for-service basis:

  1. Cardiac risk assessment (screening including blood pressure)

  2. Resting energy expenditure

  3. Wingate anaerobic test

  4. Bioelectrical impendence body fat analysis

  1. Submaximal exercise test with or without gas analysis

  2. Maximal exercise test (VO2 max) with gas analysis

  3. Functional tests (Six-minute walk test, Timed up and go) with/without gas analysis

  4. Interpretation of results for training purposes

Contact the REACH lab or schedule an appointment: call 913-945-6630 or send us an email.

Video: REACH Lab demonstrates brain blood flow response during exercise

Last modified: Sep 27, 2016

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New research by Billinger's REACH lab team suggests that greater emphasis should be placed on increasing physical activity during a patient's hospital stay following an acute stroke. Their findings were reported in the July issue of the Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy. Read story

Lab Director

Sandra Billinger

Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA
Associate Professor

KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science


YouTube iconTBRS submaximal exercise test for the NuStep (video)

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TBRS submaximal exercise testing data collection sheet PDF document

TBRS submaximal VO2 prediction calculation sheet Excel spreadsheet document

Please contact Dr. Billinger for information about internship opportunities.

REACH Laboratory is part of the Georgia Holland Research Laboratory