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Pat Nixon
Pat Nixon
Office: Worrell 2153
Phone: 336-758-4642


Dr. Nixon is a 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 cardiometabolic risk in adolescents and young adults born prematurely with very low birth weight, and the roles that fitness and physical activity may play in the regulation of cardiovascular and metabolic function and disease risk.


Selected publications:

  • Antenatal Steroid Exposure and Pulmonary Outcomes in  Adolescents Born With Very Low Birth Weight.  J Perinat 2013 link>>
  • Aerobic Fitness and Physical Activity Levels of Children Born Prematurely Following Randomization to Postnatal Dexamethasone.  J Pediatr 2011. link>>
  • Weight gain in infancy and early childhood is associated with school age body mass index but not intelligence and blood pressure in very low birth weight children. J Dev Orig Health Dis 2010. link>>
  • Follow-up study of a randomized controlled trial of postnatal dexamethasone therapy in very low birth weight infants:  Effects on pulmonary outcomes at 8-11 years of age. J Pediatr 2007.       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 >>
  • Evidence based physical activity for school-age youth. J Pediatr 2005.  link >>
  • Strength vs aerobic training in children with cystic fibrosis: a randomized controlled trial.  Chest 2004. link >>
  • A six-minute walk test for assessing exercise tolerance in severely ill children.  J Pediatr 1996.
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  • The prognostic value of exercise testing in patients with cystic fibrosis.  N Engl J Med >>