The University of Iowa

Harald Stauss

Associate Professor
Human Physiology
End Degree: 
Ruperto Carola University, Heidelberg, Germany
410 FH
Autonomic Control of the Cardiovascular System

Courses Taught

27:165 Introduction to Human Pharmacology
27:145 Cardiovascular Physiology
27:141 Exercise Physiology
27:241 Integrative Physiology Seminar
050:240:600 Human Organ Systems

Research Interests

Heart rate and blood pressure variability are largely dependent on the autonomic nervous system, because the autonomic nervous system directly modulates cardiac and vascular function. We utilize heart rate and blood pressure variability to investigate autonomic control of the cardiovascular system in health and disease. Furthermore, we study the impact of blood pressure variability on cardiovascular end-organ damage, such as cardiac and vascular hypertrophy and endothelial dysfunction.

Recent Publications

Stauss HM, Rarick KR, Leick KM, Burkle JW, Rotella DL, Anderson MG. Non-invasive assessment of vascular structure and function in conscious rats based on in vivo imaging of the albino iris. Am J Physiol Regul Comp Integrative Physiol; In revision, 2010.
Schwimmer H, Stauss HM, Abboud F, Nishino S, Mignot E, and Zeitzer JM. Effects of sleep on the cardiovascular and thermoregulatory systems: a possible role for hypocretins. J Appl Physiol 109: 1053-1063, 2010.
Stauss HM, Rarick KR, Deklotz RJ, and Sheriff DD. Frequency response characteristics of whole body autoregulation of blood flow in rats. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 296: H1607-H1616, 2009.
Stauss HM, Petitto CE, Rotella DL, Wong BJ, and Sheriff DD. Very low frequency blood pressure variability is modulated by myogenic vascular function and is reduced in stroke-prone rats. J Hypertens 26: 1127-1137, 2008.
Kolb B, Rotella DL, and Stauss HM. Frequency response characteristics of cerebral blood flow autoregulation in rats. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 292: H432-H438, 2007.
Langager AM, Hammerberg BE, Rotella DL, and Stauss HM. Very low frequency blood pressure variability depends on voltage-gated L-type Ca++-channels in conscious rats. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 292: H1321-H1327, 2007.
Stauss HM. Identification of blood pressure control mechanisms by power spectral analysis. Clin and Exper Pharmacol and Physiol 34: 362-368, 2007.
Stauss HM. Physiologic mechanisms of heart rate variability. Rev Bras Hipertens 14: 8-15, 2007.