• 1957 Citations
  • 23 h-Index
1984 …2020

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The focus of my research lab is to apply and assess a safe intermittent-hypoxia (IH) procedure as a physical-conditioning regimen to preserve and improve the heart and brain functions in humans. Repeated intermittent-hypoxia induces cyclic, brief, and moderate decreases in blood oxygen concentration, and increases heart rate and breathing rate. We have found that IH conditioning is a safe, novel, and effective way to improve heart function and to optimize oxygen delivery to the brain. We believe this IH intervention is beneficial for older adults, especially those who cannot participate in regular physical activities because of the limitations associated with age-related declining physical or mental functions. Moreover, repeated low-dose intermittent-hypoxia can promote and mobilize the growth factors for healthy nerve system and blood vessel. These physiological and neurobiological reactions and adaptations to IH conditioning may have multi-faceted influences on prevention and treatment for mild Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment associated with aging.

Education/Academic qualification

MA in Exercise Science, Shanghai Institute of Physical Education

BA in Physical Education, Shanghai Teachers University

PhD in Physiology, Yale University

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Research Output

  • 1957 Citations
  • 23 h-Index
  • 65 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

Intermittent Hypoxia Training for Treating Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Study

Wang, H., Shi, X., Schenck, H., Hall, J. R., Ross, S. E., Kline, G. P., Chen, S., Mallet, R. T. & Chen, P., 1 Jan 2020, In : American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. 35, p. 1533317519896725

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Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations
  • Effects of exercise training on the autophagy-related muscular proteins expression in ovariectomized rats

    Zhong, W., Shi, X., Yuan, H., Bu, H., Wu, L. & Wang, R., 2019, In : Frontiers in Physiology. 10, JUN, 735.

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    Open Access
  • Risk factors associated with poor physical fitness in three- to six-year-old children in tujia-nationality settlement of China

    Liu, X., Xiang, Z., Liu, C., Shi, X., Yi, X., Cheng, M., Schenck, H. & Bates, J., 2018, In : Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2018, 5702190.

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  • Aerobic exercise training improves orthostatic tolerance in aging humans

    Xu, D., Wang, H., Chen, S., Ross, S., Liu, H., Olivencia-Yurvati, A., Raven, P. B. & Shi, X., 1 Jan 2017, In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 49, 4, p. 728-735 8 p.

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  • 4 Scopus citations