Neurovascular Physiology Laboratory – Austin Robinson, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The Neurovascular Physiology Laboratory (NVPL) at Auburn University seeks to determine integrative strategies to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in America. We use a comprehensive approach to study blood vessel function and neural control of blood pressure in healthy adults and patient populations. Specifically, we are interested in studying the physiological responses to lifestyle interventions, such as exercise, diet, and pharma/nutraceuticals.

Lab Vision
  • The NVPL seeks to create awareness of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment strategies through publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presenting at research conferences.
  • We want to help mentor and train the next generation of top scientists and health care practitioners.
  • We also prioritize helping individuals in the community at large understand the importance of cardiovascular health and healthy lifestyle habits.
Current Research Interests
  • Investigating racial differences in neurovascular function in response to high dietary salt.
  • Determining the role of lifestyle (e.g., physical activity, diet, and sleep) in contributing to blood vessel function and neural control of blood pressure.
  • Investigating the contribution of oxidative stress (high levels of free radicals) on autonomic control of the circulation.

Austin Robinson’s Google Scholar
Austin Robinson’s PubMed Bibliography

Selected Publications

Watso JC, Babcock MC, Robinson AT, Migdal KU, Wenner MM, Stocker SD, Farquhar WB. Water deprivation does not augment sympathetic or pressor responses to sciatic afferent nerve stimulation in rats or to static exercise in humans. J Appl Physiol. 2019 Jul 1;127(1):235-245

Robinson AT, Watso JC, Babcock MC, Joyner MJ, Farquhar WB. Record-Breaking Performance in a 70-Year-Old Marathoner. N Engl J Med. 2019 Apr 11;380(15):1485-1486.

Robinson AT, Edwards DG, Farquhar WB. The Influence of Dietary Salt Beyond Blood Pressure. Curr Hypertens Reports. 2019 Apr 25;21(6):42

Wenner MM, Paul EP, Robinson AT, Rose WC, Farquhar WB. Acute NaCl loading reveals a higher blood pressure for a given serum sodium level in black compared to white adults. Front. Physiol. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01354

Robinson AT, Mazzuco A, Sabbahi, AS, Borghi-Silva A, Phillips SA. The effect of one week of a multi-ingredient dietary pre-workout supplement on resting and post-acute resistance exercise vascular function. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2018 Nov 1;28(6):611-18.

Das EK, Lai PY, Robinson AT, Pleuss J, Ali M, Haus JM, Gutterman DD, Phillips SA. Regular aerobic, resistance, and cross-training exercise prevents reduced vascular function following a high sugar or high fat mixed meal in young healthy adults. Front. Physiol. 2018 Feb 20. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00183