Dr Eric Stohr

 

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Lecturer in Cardiac Physiology and Health

Telephone number: 029 2041 6531
Email address: estohr@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Eric is a lecturer in Cardiac Physiology and Health who joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2010. He completed his undergraduate degree in sport & exercise science at the University of Saarbrucken, Germany, where his dissertation was supervised by Dr Scharhag and Professor Kindermann. Eric then moved to the UK to study for his PhD at Brunel University to extend his knowledge on the heart's response to exercise, under the supervision of Prof Rob Shave.​

Eric's main role at Cardiff Metropolitan University is to provide research training and complete original research projects in Physiology and Health, which sees him working closely with staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Research / Publications

Eric is a committed academic with a drive for excellence in research and teaching. His research focuses on the acute and chronic effects of different physiological stressors (including exercise) on cardiovascular function, specifically on strain & twist of the heart. The aim of his research is to understand which kind of stress is good for the heart, and which stress impacts negatively on heart health. Current research themes include:
· Exercise (Enduranc​e/Strength) · LV energetics · Aging · Comparative animal physiology · Pregnancy · Chronic adaptation of LV mechanics · LV mechanics and arterial cross-talk · Hypoxia/Heat Stress

List of Publications
van Mil ACCM, Drane A, Pearson J, McDonnell B, Cockcroft JR, and Stöhr EJ. Interaction of LV twist with arterial haemodynamics during localised, non-metabolic hyperaemia with and without blood flow restriction. Exp Physiol In press, 2016. 5-year Impact factor 3.1

Stöhr EJ. The role of heart rate in the left ventricular twist response to increased arterial blood pressure - a 'stiff' challenge? Exp Physiol, In press, 2016. 5-year Impact factor 3.1

Meah VL, Cockcroft JR, Backx K, Shave R, and Stöhr EJ. Cardiac output and related haemodynamics during pregnancy: a series of meta-analyses. Heart In press, 2016. Impact factor 5.6

Weiner RB, DeLuca J, Wang F, Lin J, Wasfy MM, Berkstresser B, Stöhr EJ, Shave R, Lewis G, Hutter AM, Picard MH, and Baggish A. Exercise Induced Left Ventricular Remodeling Among Competitive Athletes: A Phasic Phenomenon. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging, 2015. 5-year Impact factor 6.1

Meah VL, Cockcroft JR and Stöhr EJ. Techniques of measuring cardiac output during pregnancy. In: Maternal Haemodynamics during Pregnancy. Cambridge University Press, In Press, anticipated release summer 2016.

Black J, Stöhr EJ, Shave R & Esformes JI. (2015). Influence of exercise training mode on arterial diameter; a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Sci Med Sport.

Dufour SP, Dawson EA & Stöhr EJ. (2012). Central versus peripheral control of cardiac output in humans: insight from atrial pacing. J Physiol590, 4977-4978.

Meah V, Cockcroft J & Stöhr EJ. (2013). Maternal cardiac twist pre pregnancy: Potential as a novel marker of pre-eclampsia. Fetal Matern Med RevIn Press.

Nio AQX, Stöhr EJ, Stembridge M & Shave R. (2012). Influence of the Menstrual Cycle on Resting and Exercise Left Ventricular Volumes and Twist Mechanics. Med Sci Sports Exerc44, 724.

Nio AQ, Stöhr EJ & Shave R. (2014). The female human heart at rest and during exercise: A review. Eur J Sport Sci, 1-10.

Pearson J, Kalsi K, Stöhr E, Low D, Barker H, Ali L & González-Alonso J. (2011a). Dehydration does not compromise limb tissue or systemic perfusion at rest or during mild exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc43.

Pearson J, Kalsi KK, Stöhr EJ, Low DA, Barker H, Ali L & González-Alonso J. (2013). Haemodynamic responses to dehydration in the resting and exercising human leg. Eur J Appl PhysiolIn Press.

Pearson J, Low DA, Stöhr E, Kalsi K, Ali L, Barker H & Gonzalez-Alonso J. (2011b). Hemodynamic responses to heat stress in the resting and exercising human leg: insight into the effect of temperature on skeletal muscle blood flow. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol300, R663-673.

Phillips AA & Warburton DE. (2012). Letter to the editor: "Left ventricular mechanical limitations to stroke volume in healthy humans during incremental exercise". Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol302, H375; author reply H376-377.

Scharhag J, Laufs U, T. H, E. S, G. K, M. B & W. K. (2007). Mobilisieren Gehen und Walking endotheliale Progenitorzellen? Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin58, 263.

Shave R, Oxborough D, Somauroo J, Feltrer Y, Strike T, Routh A, Chapman S, Redrobe S, Thompson L, Unwin S, Sayers G, Murphy H, Rapoport G & Stöhr E. (2014). Echocardiographic assessment of cardiac structure and function in great apes: a practical guide. Int Z Yb48.

Stöhr EJ, Gonzalez-Alonso J, Bezodis IN & Shave R. (2014a). Left ventricular energetics: new insight into the plasticity of regional contributions at rest and during exercise. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol306, H225-232.

Stöhr EJ, González-Alonso J, Pearson J, Low DA, Ali H, Barker H & Shave R. (2010). Challenging the heart - Effects of Exercise, Dehydration and Hyperthermia. Med Sci Sports Exerc42.

Stöhr EJ, González-Alonso J, Pearson J, Low DA, Ali L, Barker H & Shave R. (2011a). Effects of graded heat stress on global left ventricular function and twist mechanics at rest and during exercise in healthy humans. Exp Physiol96, 114-124.

Stöhr EJ, González-Alonso J, Pearson J, Low DA, Ali L, Barker H & Shave RE. (2011b). Dehydration reduces left ventricular filling at rest and during exercise independent of twist mechanics. J Appl Physiol111, 897-897.

Stöhr EJ, Gonzalez-Alonso J & Shave R. (2012a). Reply to "Letter to the editor: 'Left ventricular mechanical limitations to stroke volume in healthy humans during incremental exercise'". Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol302, H376-377.

Stöhr EJ, González-Alonso J & Shave R. (2011c). Left ventricular mechanical limitations to stroke volume in healthy humans during incremental exercise. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol301, H478-487.

Stöhr EJ, González-Alonso J & Shave R. (2011d). Left ventricular twist mechanics during continuous and discontinuous incremental exercise in healthy individuals. Med Sci Sports Exerc43.

Stöhr EJ, McDonnell B, Thompson J, Stone K, Bull T, Houston R, Cockcroft JR & Shave R. (2012b). Left ventricular mechanics in humans with high aerobic fitness: adaptation independent of structural remodelling, arterial haemodynamics and heart rate. J Physiol590, 2107-2119.

Stöhr EJ, McDonnell BJ, Thompson J, Stone K, Cockcroft JR & Shave R. (2011e). Coupling of left ventricular twist mechanics and central augmentation index in healthy individuals. Artery Res5.

Stöhr EJ, Meah V & Stembridge M. (2014b). Combined neonatal therapies for cardiac function in adulthood - Live together, die alone? J PhysiolIn Press

Stöhr EJ & Shave R. (2012). Left ventricular apical mechanics during ectopy in an asymptomatic athlete. Heart98, 893-894.

Stöhr EJ, van Mil A, Drane A & Pearson J. (2014c). The contribution of cardiac mechanics to isolated increases in peripheral blood flow. FASEB JIn Press.

Weiner RB & Baggish AL. (2011). Left ventricular torsion: feeling the heat. Exp Physiol96, 71-72.

Weiner RB & Baggish AL. (2012). Exercise-induced cardiac remodelling: the need for assessment of regional myocardial function. J Physiol590, 2829-2830.

Teaching and Supervision

Eric’s teaches the basics of cardiovascular function at rest and during exercise to level 4 students. At levels 5, 6 and 7 (MSc) Eric teaches the effects of environmental stresses (heat, cold, altitude/hypoxia, dehydration) on cardiovascular function during exercise. He is a supervisor of numerous different undergraduate dissertation projects the topics of which range from exercise performance to cardiovascular regulation during exercise.

PhD supervision
Victoria MeahThe effects of pregnancy on the cardiovascular response to exercise
Team: Eric Stöhr (Director of studies), Rob Shave (supervisor), Karianne Backx (supervisor), John Cockcroft (advisor)

Amanda NioThe effects of menopause on cardiovascular function before and after a 12-week exercise training intervention
Team: Rob Shave (Director of studies), Eric Stöhr (supervisor)

Jane BlackThe acute and chronic effects of resistance exercise on arterial diameter and function
Team: Joseph Esformes (Director of studies), Eric Stöhr (supervisor), Rob Shave (supervisor)

Craig Armstrong (prospective student for 2015) “acute and chronic effects of resistance exercise on arterial diameter and function
Team: Eric Stöhr (Director of studies), Joseph Esformes (supervisor), James Coulson (Cardiff University, medical advisor)

Qualifications and Awards

PhD, Brunel University West London, UK
BSc, University of Saarbrucken, Germany
Trained paramedic, ASB Bonn, Germany

External Links

Eric collaborates with numerous researchers across the world, scientists from the following institutions:

  • USA

  • Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

  • Radboud University MC, Nijmegen, Nether​lands

  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  • University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia