Neil Eves examines influence of exercise on respiratory disease

Asst. Prof. Neil Eves, exercise physiologist with the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been awarded up to $635,000 over the next eight years from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to study how exercise impacts chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is an inflammatory disease characterized by progressive limitation to airflow out of the lungs.

Eves will conduct his study on campus and at Kelowna General Hospital in conjunction with colleagues in respiratory medicine. If the study produces the results he is hoping for — that exercise reduces airway and blood inflammation in COPD — Eves says the door will be open to numerous additional studies.

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