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John Spitsbergen

John SpitsbergenJohn Spitsbergen
Department Chair

Office: 269 387-5648
Lab: 269 387-2739

Office: 3443 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Lab: 3052 Haenicke Hall

Mailing Address
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA

Research interests

The long-term goal of Dr. Spitsbergen's research is to understand the regulation of neurotrophic factor expression in target tissues of the peripheral nervous system (blood vessels, cardiac muscle and skeletal muscle) and to determine the consequences of altered neurotrophic factor expression with aging and disease. He currently has two projects ongoing in his laboratory. One of these projects examines changes in neurotrophic factor expression and motor innervation in skeletal muscle following exercise training in rats. A second project underway examines changes in neurotrophic factor expression and autonomic innervation in cardiovascular tissues with development of high blood pressure.

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