2011 TC Research
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Ronald Edmond De Meersman

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.S., M.S., University of Utah; Ph.D. Physiology, Indiana University

Dissertation Title: Exercise Pseudonephropathy

Scholarly Interests

Modulators of autonomic outflow.  The effects of aerobic improvements on autonomic and blood pressure regulation. Non-invasive assessment of physiologic data.

Selected Publications

"Influence of respiration on metabolic, hemodynamic, psychometric, and R-R Interval Spectral Parameters" (American Journal of Physiology).

"Vagal Withdrawal as a function of audience" (American Journal of Physiology).

"Deriving respiration from Pulse Wave: A new signal-processing technique" (American Journal of Physiology).

"Effect of provocative maneuvers on heart rate variability in subjects with paraplegia" (American Journal of Physiology).

"Estrogen and vascular stiffness" (American Journal of Physiology).

biographical information

Dr. De Meersman is a highly respected investigator and educator with expertise in exercise and autonomic nervous system physiology. He received his Bachelor of Sciences, with honors, from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Indiana University. He has been a Professor of Applied Physiology at Teachers College, Columbia University since 1986 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the College of Physicians & Surgeons.

A major focus of Dr. DeMeersman's work is directed toward the elucidation of autonomic physiology and his research consists of a broad spectrum of investigations of basic physiological mechanisms which modulate autonomic outflow. These investigations have been carried out in normal subjects as well as in persons with spinal cord injuries, survivors of stroke and individuals with other disabilities. Investigations are conducted in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine's research laboratory which is equipped with state of the art equipment and all data collection facilities. The major methodological focus of Dr. De Meersman's research in the environmental laboratory is non-invasive. His work is primarily organismal (whole-animal). He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, and given over 50 professional presentations. Dr. De Meersman is also active in teaching students and training pre and post doctoral research fellows.

BBSR 4900: Research and independent study in movement science and education

Permission required. Masters degree students undertake research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.

BBSR 5195: Advanced applied physiology laboratory

Prerequisite: BBSR 5194. Introduction of advanced physiologic measurement techniques and concepts. Included are indirect calorimetry, spectrophotometry, vascular volume dynamics, autonomic reflexes, thermoregulation, noninvasive cardiac output, computer data plethysmography, tonometry, acquisition, and post-acquisition analyses. Lab fee: $100.

BBSR 6900: Supervised independent research in movement science and education

Permission required. For advanced students who wish to conduct research under faculty guidance.

BBSR 8900: Dissertation advisement in movement science and education

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see catalog on continuous registration for Ed.D. degree.