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Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology Ph.D. Program at Wake Forest University

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Patricia A. Nixon, Ph.D.

Patricia A. Nixon, Ph.D.
Dr. Nixon is an associate professor in the HES Department and teaches Physiology of Exercise to undergraduate majors and Epidemiology to both undergraduate and graduate HES majors as well as students minoring in Health Policy.  She has a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine where she conducts the majority of her research.  She received her Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh where she was an Associate Professor in Pediatrics prior to coming to Wake Forest. Dr. Nixon’s research focuses on pulmonary function, exercise tolerance, and physical activity in children with chronic disease.  She is well-known for her research in children with cystic fibrosis.  She is currently funded by NIH to examine blood pressure in adolescents born prematurely with very low birth weight, and the roles that fitness and physical activity may play in its regulation.


  • The prognostic value of exercise testing in patients with cystic fibrosis.  N Engl J Med 1992. link >>
  • A six-minute walk test for assessing exercise tolerance in severely ill children.  J Pediatr 1996. link >>
  • Strength vs aerobic training in children with cystic fibrosis: a randomized controlled trial.  Chest 2004. link >>
  • Follow-up study of a randomized controlled trial of postnatal dexamethasone therapy in very low birth weight infants: effects on pulmonary outcomes at age 8 to 11 years. J Pediatr 2007. link >>
  • Follow-up of a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of postnatal dexamethasone: blood pressure and anthropometric measurements at school age.  Pediatrics 2006. link >>
  • Evidence based physical activity for school-age youth. J Pediatr 2005. link >>
  • Clinical stress testing in the pediatric age group: a statement from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in Youth.  Circ 2006. link >>