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Thad Wilson, Ph.D.

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Education and Training: Post-doctoral Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas; Ph.D., University of Utah; M.S. and B.S., University of Wyoming

Additional Technique Training: Autonomic Neuroscience - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2010; Integrative Physiology - Rigshospitalet/University of Copenhagen, 2008 & 2004; Autonomic & Cardiovascular Physiology - Penn State College of Medicine, 2003.

Research Interests and Current Projects:

Medical Applications of Environmental Physiology

Humans do not live in isolation from either their natural or built environments. Ambient conditions cause reflex physiological responses, which can be extensive in extreme environments (such as an uncompensable heat stress) and are often different in healthy people compared to those with disease. Both warm and cold ambient conditions are associated with increased morbidity and mortality; in addition, as the climate warms, there will be additional factors such as urban heat island effects and more extreme weather patterns. Some example interactions of health, disease, and the thermal environment we study include:

  1. Worker health and safety
  2. Hyperhidrosis and eccrine sweat gland function
  3. Rosacea and facial flushing
  4. Heat syncope and cryotherapy

Representative Publications: All publications

Blackburn, S., Sammons, D. & Wilson, T. E. Palmar-plantar and axillary hyperhidrosis: Physiology, pathophysiology and treatment options. Journal of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, 22: 64-68, 2012.

Wilson, T. E., Brothers, R. M., Tollund, C., Dawson, E. A., Nissen, P., Yoshiga, C. C., Jons, C., Secher, N. H., Crandall, C. G. Effect of thermal stress on Frank-Starling relations in humans. Journal of Physiology (London), 587:3383-3392, 2009.

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