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Jill Slade McMahon, Ph.D.

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East Lansing
846 Service Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Dr. Jill Slade McMahon is an Associate Professor of Radiology focused on understanding skeletal muscle metabolism and peripheral microvascular function in age and disease. Her studies have evaluated the influence of aging and diabetes on the regulation of skeletal muscle blood flow and skeletal muscle mitochondrial function. Dr. Slade has studied the effect of exercise interventions and statin therapies on mitochondrial function. Her work has shown age related declines in peripheral vascular function as well as improvements in peripheral vascular function in older adults following exercise interventions. Her research interests include the short and long-term effect of diabetes on peripheral vascular function and efforts to restore lost microvascular function in advanced diabetes. In addition, she has applied imaging to help understand pressure injury development in the soft tissues of the thigh and buttocks. Her lab uses Doppler ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study questions related to skeletal muscle and peripheral vascular function. Her current work, in collaboration with Dr. Katharine Currie, is focused on exercise chronotherapy which aims to improving blood pressure and vascular function in postmenopausal females with hypertension. She currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Radiology Promotion and Tenure Committee and as Vice Chair of the College of Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Committee on Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure.

Dr. Jill Slade McMahon’s publication record

Selected publications:

1.    Currie KD, Soave KM, Slade JMReliability of blood pressure responses used to define an exaggerated blood pressure response to exercise in young healthy adults. J Hum Hypertens. 2023 Jan;37(1):56-61. PMID: 34642432.

2.    Slade JM, Abela GS, Rozman M, McClowry RJ, Hurley D Forbes SC, Meyer RA. The impact of statin therapy and aerobic exercise training on skeletal muscle and whole-body aerobic capacity. American Heart Journal Plus: Cardiology Research and Practice 2021, 5. PMCID: PMC8477381

3.    Hurley DM, Williams ER, Cross JM, Riedinger BR, Meyer RA, Abela GS, Slade JM. Aerobic exercise improves microvascular function in older adults. Med Sci Sports Exer 2019; 51(4)773-781. PMCID: PMC8480317

4.    Tonson A, Noble KE, Meyer RA, Rozman MR, Foley KT, Slade JM. Age reduces microvascular function in the leg independent of physical activity. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2017; 49(8)1623-1630. PMCID: PMC5561656

5.    Slade JM, Towse TF, Gossain VV, Meyer RA. Peripheral microvascular response to muscle contraction is unaltered by early diabetes but decreases with age. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2011; 111(5):1361- 71. PMCID: PMC3220311