Dr. Limberg is interested in mechanisms that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in obese individuals and interventions that can reverse and/or prevent cardiovascular disease risk. Dr. Limberg is currently studying how blood flow and blood pressure are modulated by the nervous system in human obesity and related conditions, the effect of pharmacological and non-pharmacological (e.g. exercise) interventions, and how these factors may differ between men and women.
Specific areas of interest include:
- Mechanisms of sympathoexcitation in human obesity
- Neural control of blood flow and blood pressure
- Effect of exercise in neurovascular control
- Sex differences in cardiovascular regulation
Dr. Jacqueline Limberg
- Research Recognition Award Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation Section, American Physiological Society, 2017.
- Edward C. Kendall Alumni Award for Meritorious Research in basic sciences, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, 2016.
- Michael Brody Young Investigator Award Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation Section, American Physiological Society, 2015.
Dr. Limberg studies human integrative physiology with a primary focus on the cardiovascular system in human obesity and related conditions. Obesity is a growing problem in the United States, with over 60% of the population classified as overweight or obese. Associated with the rise in obesity is the need to understand: 1) mechanisms that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in obese individuals, and 2) interventions that can reverse and/or prevent cardiovascular disease risk.
Dr. Limberg completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, studying mechanisms that control blood flow both at rest and during exercise in obese individuals with Metabolic Syndrome. This work focused primarily on how the sympathetic nervous system controls blood flow and blood pressure. During her postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Limberg examined mechanisms by which obese individuals may exhibit high sympathetic nervous system activity. Her current work continues to explore factors that may contribute to sympathetic nervous system overactivity in human obesity and their impact on blood flow, blood pressure, and - more recently - glucose regulation. Dr. Limberg also has interests in understanding how these factors differ between men and women and the impact regular exercise can have on these responses.