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Hans Haverkamp, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology


  • University of Vermont, Vermont Lung Center, Post-doctoral fellowship
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD
  • Northern Arizona University, MS
  • Ithaca College, BS

Research Interests

Dr. Haverkamp is a whole-body exercise physiologist specializing in the pulmonary system responses to exercise in healthy and diseased humans. His primary research interest investigates the factors that control airway function during and after exercise in adults with asthma. His research is dynamic and integrative, emphasizing whole-body exercise, respiratory system function, airway biology and pathophysiology of asthma.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic clinical conditions worldwide. The societal burden of asthma is profound. It is responsible for enormous healthcare costs, significant days lost from work and school, and decreased quality of life. Asthmatics are also less likely to participate in regular exercise, thus missing out on the health benefits of regular physical activity. Furthermore, the lung function response to exercise in the asthmatic is complex and not understood – depending on the exercise intensity and duration, the airways may either dilate or constrict during the exercise. Because of this variable airway response, exercise advice by the medical and athletic communities is less precise than it could, or should, be. Dr. Haverkamp’s research is devoted to understanding the physiological factors that determine such variable airway function in the asthmatic. Current projects are particularly focused on understanding the role of lung volume and breathing mechanics in determining airway diameter during exercise. Related studies are investigating if increased breathing volumes and lung stretch after exercise attenuate or prevent exercise-induced asthma. Future work will integrate other determinants of airway function, such as neural control and the influence of biological mediators released from airway cells.

Additional research projects

  • The effect of respiratory muscle training (hyperventilation training) on lung function in healthy adults
  • Comparison of different tests and procedures used to assess airway (dys)function in asthma

Hans Haverkamp
Hans Haverkamp, PhD
Associate Professor

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