Kevin Shoemaker, PhD

Kevin Shoemaker


Room 3110, Thames Hall
519 661-2111 x85759


  • MSc, PhD (Waterloo)
  • BA (Wilfrid Laurier)

Academic Appointments

  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair - Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Integrative Biosciences

Research Interests

  • Neural discharge patterns and their impact on neurotransmitter release and vascular control
  • Reflex cardiovascular control in integrated systems
  • Forebrain modification of autonomic and cardiovascular regulation
  • Regulation of blood flow to nerves
  • Impact of vascular disease on neural (e.g., brain and peripheral nerves) blood flow, structure and function
  • Exercise and neuroprotection

Additional Information

Recent Publications

  • Hughson RL, Shoemaker JK & Arbeille P. (2014). CCISS, Vascular and BP Reg: Canadian space life science research on ISS.  Acta Astronautica, Feb, 104(1), 444–448.
  • Coverdale NS, Lalande S, Perrotta A & Shoemaker JK. (2015). Heterogeneous patterns of vasoreactivity in the middle cerebral and internal carotid arteries. American Journal of Physiology, Heart and Circulatory Physiology, May 1; 308(9), H1030-8. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00761.
  • Badrov MB, Usselman CW & Shoemaker JK. (2015). Sympathetic neural recruitment strategies: Responses to severe chemoreflex and baroreflex stress. American Journal of Physiology, Integrative and Regulatory Physiology,  Jul 15; 309(2), R160-8. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00077.2015. Epub 2015 May 6. PMID: 25947171
  • Burke SM, Shapiro S, Petrella RJ, Irwin JD, Jackman M, Pearson ES, Prapavessis H & Shoemaker JK. (2015). Using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate a community-based summer camp for children with obesity: A prospective feasibility study. BMC Obesity, 2(21). DOI:10.1186/s40608-015-0050-8. (10 pages).
  • Cameron S, Ball I, Cepinskas G, Choong K, Doherty TJ, Ellis CG, Martin CM, Mele TS, Sharpe M, Shoemaker JK & Fraser DD. (2015) Early mobilization in the critical care unit: A review of adult and pediatric literature.  Journal of Critical Care, Aug; 30(4), 664-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2015.03.032. Epub 2015 Apr 8. PMID:25987293
  • Norton KN, Barron CC, Suskin N, Heinecke A & Shoemaker JK. (2015). Coronary Artery Disease Affects Cortical Circuitry Associated with Brain-Heart Integration during Volitional Exercise.  Journal of Neurophysiology, May 13:jn.00008.2015.  doi: 10.1152/jn.00008.2015. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25972576 
  • McNeil CJ, Allen MD, Olympico E, Shoemaker JK & Rice CL. (2015). Blood flow and muscle oxygenation during low, moderate and maximal sustained isometric contractions. American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, Jun 17, ajpregu.00387.2014. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00387.2014. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID:26084698.
  • Ogoh S, Hirasawa A, Sugawara J, Nakahara H, Ueda S, Shoemaker JK & Miyamoto T. (2015) The effect of an acute increase in central blood volume on the response of cerebral blood flow to acute hypotension. Journal of Applied Physiology, (1985), Sep 1;119(5), 527-33. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00277.2015 PMID:26159757.
  • Stuckey MI, Kiviniemi A, Gill DP, Shoemaker JK & Petrella RJ. (2015). Associations between heart rate variability, metabolic syndrome risk factors, and insulin resistance.  Applied Physioliology, Nutrition and Metabolism, Jul;40(7), 734-40. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2014-0528.  PMID:26140416.

Research Affiliations

Teaching Areas

  • Reflex cardiovascular control
  • Blood flow control


  • 2010 - Wilfrid Laurier University Milestones in Science Alumni Award   
  • 2007-08 & 2008-09 - Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2004 - Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Young Investigator Award   
  • 2001 - Premier’s Research Excellence Award   
  • 1999 - American College of Sports Medicine - New Investigator Award