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Faculty and Staff

 

Bruce E. Blanchard

Bruce.blanchard@uconn.edu


 

Department of Allied Health Sciences
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
University of Connecticuttorrs, CT 06269-1101
Phone: (860) 486-0007
Fax: (860) 486-5375



EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
            Major Field of Study: KinesiologyDissertation Topic: The Influence of Hemostatic and Inflammatory Biomarkers on Postexercise Hypotension among Men with High Normal to Stage 1 Hypertension
 
Master of Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CTMajor Field of Study: Allied Health Administration
 
Bachelor of Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
            Summa Cum Laude
Major Field of Study: Medical Technology
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

 


2013 –            Assistant Clinical Professor, Allied Health Sciences, University of
Present          Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
                        Responsible for: teaching in the Medical Laboratory Sciences and Graduate programs (initially teaching Hematology, Urinalysis, Chemistry, and Transfusion Services including lab sections); teaching in traditional and online courses; supervising students when they participate in their clinical rotations; collaborating with clinical affiliates; participating in service and scholarly activities; advising, mentoring and assisting undergraduate students in course selection, job placement and providing graduate school application support; participating in shared service responsibilities (committees, faculty meetings, retreats, etc.) expected of all department faculty; and, participating in competitive, extramurally funded research(investigator initiated and/or collaborative).
 
2007-2013     Hematology Instructor, Allied Health Department, Hartford
                        Hospital/Clinical Laboratory Partners/University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT.
Responsible for: providing complete, quality, applicable and creative learning opportunities to medical laboratory science undergraduate and post-graduate residents in cognitive and psychomotor aspects of clinical Hematology; advising, mentoring and assisting undergraduate students in job placement and providing graduate school application support; planning and coordinating faculty development programs and working with the faculty and directors to develop undergraduate academic policies and programs; establishing course schedules and developing new courses in conjunction with the directors of the program and faculty as well as evaluating undergraduate academic programs; developing/overseeing online resources, including evaluating tools/resources; working with the directors and faculty to facilitate faculty meetings; teaming with faculty and directors regarding recruitment and retention; and, assisting director with reporting to external regulatory agencies.      
 
2011-2013     Medical and Grant Coordinator, Capitol Region Education Council: Medical
                        Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy; Windsor, CT.
                        Responsible for recruitment and retention of students for grades 6 – 12.  Works collaboratively with staff to identify areas of theme integration, service learning opportunities and to build magnet connections. Coaches and supports teachers, develops curriculum and identifies opportunities, field experiences and activities to help students learn about medical/health professions as a career.  Plans, coordinates and presents weekly professional development for staff members and monthly parent sessions/events.  Writes and organizes grant submissions and reports and oversees grant evaluators during site visits.
                       
2006-2007     Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Kinesiology,
                        University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
“Effects of Low and High dose Atorvastatin on Exercise-Induced Muscle Injury,” (Merck Pharmaceuticals / Hartford Hospital)
To compare the effects of 10 mg and 80 mg of atorvastatin on blood markers of muscle injury and measures of muscle strength and soreness following moderate force upper body resistance exercise.
 
1991-2007     Evening Shift Hematology Supervisor, CLINICAL LABORATORY
            PARTNERS/HARTFORD HOSPITAL, Hartford, CT.
Responsible for managing functions such as:  planning, organizing,
directing, and evaluating activities as related to resources, personnel,
and technical operations. Supervise, monitor, and evaluate the
performance of medical technologists and medical laboratory technicians. 
Coordinate activities with other divisions.  Responsible for quality
assurance/quality improvement within division.  Ensure that appropriate
services are provided efficiently and effectively.  Evaluate and implement
new laboratory wide analyzers.  Other responsibilities include:  training
personnel, delegating responsibilities, motivating employees, and setting
standards of behavior and quality.
 
2004-2005     Research Assistant, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
A 4 year, multicenter, clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health, Aging and Stroke and Neurological Disorders for the amount of $4,295,195 entitled “Functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) Associated with Muscle Size and Strength (or FAMuSS) Study,” to examine the influence of gene polymorphisms on skeletal muscle size and strength before and after resistance exercise training.  Responsible for subject and student trainers recruitment and scheduling, blood processing, overseeing and instructing individualized resistance exercise programs, and overseeing and training of graduate students funded by the project and those undergraduates working on independent studies.
 
2001-2004     Study Coordinator, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
                        Clinical trial funded by the American Heart Association for 3 years for $214,500.  Establishing an exercise dose response for post exercise hypotension. Responsible for subject recruitment and scheduling, administration of graded cardiopulmonary exercise testing, hemodynamic monitoring, blood sampling and processing, designing and instructing 
individualized exercise programs, data base management, statistical analysis and abstract and manuscript preparation.
 
2001               Immunology Instructor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Preparation and presentation of course syllabus, lectures, quizzes, and exams for an undergraduate immunology course.  Responsible for tutoring and mentoring students, grading immunology term papers, and submission of final grades.
 
1989-1991    Medical Technologist, HARTFORD HOSPITAL, Hartford, CT.
Responsibilities include:  technical and instrument troubleshooting, preventative maintenance of instruments, quality control, and quality assurance.  Technical proficiency in all procedures in Hematology and Coagulation.  Familiar with "state of the art" instrumentation.  Proficient in Phlebotomy.
 
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES 



Title: Taste Genetics, Dietary Behaviors and Chronic Disease (Protocol #: H02-096)
Role: Collaborator
Status: Ongoing
 
Title: Risk of Metabolic Syndrome among Psychiatric Patients with Major Depressive Disorder Treated with Second-Generation Antipsychotics: Roles of Stress and Inflammation    (Protocol #: H14-345)
Role: Principal Investigator
Status: Ongoing
 
Title: Effects of Low and High dose Atorvastatin on Exercise-Induced Muscle Injury
Role: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Status: Completed
 
Title: Functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) Associated with Muscle Size and Strength (or FAMuSS) Study
Role: Research Assistant
Status: Completed
 
Title: Establishing an exercise dose response for post exercise hypotension
Role: Study Coordinator
Status: Completed

MEMBERSHIP AND OTHER ACTIVITIES 

 


April 2015 – Present: Allied Health Sciences Accelerate UCONN Advocate
 
November 2014 – Present: Allied Health Sciences C&C Committee
 
July 2014 – Present: UCONN's American English Language Institute (UCAELI) Summer Conversation Partner
 
April 2014 – Present: Faculty Coordinator for Allied Health Sciences ECE Courses
 
May 2014 – September 2014: Institutes of Excellence Committee
 

HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS 

 

                        Certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists
                        Member of Alpha Eta, National Honor Society for Academic Achievement
                        Dean's List for all eight semesters at the University of Connecticut
 
 

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS




>Pescatello LS, Blanchard BE, Van Heest JL, Maresh CM, Gordish-Dressman H, Thompson PD. The metabolic syndrome and the immediate antihypertensive effects of aerobic exercise: a randomized control design. 
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. Jun 10; 8-12, 2008.

>Pescatello LS, Blanchard BE, Tsongalis GJ, O’Connell AA, Gordish-Dressman H, Maresh CM, Thompson PD.A comparison of the genetic and clinical profile of men that respond and do not respond to the immediate antihypertensive effects of aerobic exercise.Application of Clinical Genetics. Sep 18; 1:7-17, 2008.

 >Pescatello LS, Blanchard BE, Tsongalis GJ, Maresh CM, O'Connell A, Thompson PD. The alpha-adducin Gly460Trp polymorphism and the antihypertensive effects of exercise among men with high blood pressure. Clinical Science (London). Sep; 113(5): 251-8, 2007.

>Pescatello LS, Turner D, Rodriguez N, Blanchard BE, >Tsongalis GJ, Maresh CM, Duffy V, Thompson PD. Dietary calcium intake and Renin Angiotensin System polymorphisms alter the blood pressure response to aerobic exercise: a randomized control design. Nutrition & Metabolism (London). Jan 4; 4:1, 2007.

>Syme AN, Blanchard BE, Guidry MA, Taylor AL, Van Heest JL, Hasson S, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. Peak Systolic Blood Pressure on a Graded Maximal Exercise Test and the Blood Pressure Response to an Acute Bout of Submaximal Exercise. American Journal of Cardiology.  
>Guidry MA, Blanchard BE, Thompson PD, Maresh CM, Seip RL, Taylor AL, Pescatello LS. American Heart Journal.

>Blanchard BE, Tsongalis GJ, Guidry MA, LaBelle LA, Poulin M, Taylor AL, Maresh CM, Devaney J, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. RAAS polymorphisms alter the acute blood pressure response to aerobic exercise among men with hypertension. European Journal of Applied Physiology. May; 97(1): 26-33, 2006.

>Griffiths BJ, Shabahat A, Blanchard BE Thompson PD, Van Heest JL, Maresh CM, Rodriguez N, Pescatello LS. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 38(5) Supplement: S536-S537, May 2006.

>Blanchard BE, Tsongalis GJ, Seip RL,  Maresh CM, Van Heest JL, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. The Effect of C-Reactive Protein on Postexercise Hypotension. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 38(5) Supplement: S200, May 2006.

>Blanchard BE, Tsongalis GJ, Seip RL, Maresh CM, Van Heest JL, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. “The Effect of C-Reactive Protein on Postexercise Hypotension.” NEACSM Fall Conference. Nov 2005.

>Pescatello LS, Blanchard BE, O'Connell AA. Journal of Hypertension. 23(6): 1272-1273, June 2005.

>Blanchard BE, Thompson PD, Seip RL, Van Heest JL, Maresh CM, Pescatello LS.  Plasma Fibrinogen Alters Postexercise Hypotension. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 37(5) Supplement: S30-S31, May 2005

>.Blanchard BE, Thompson PD, Seip RL, Van Heest JL, Maresh CM, Pescatello LS. “Plasma Fibrinogen Alters Postexercise Hypotension.” NEACSM Fall Conference. Nov 2004.


>Pescatello LS, Guidry MA, Blanchard BE, Kerr A, Taylor AL, Johnson AN, Maresh CM, Rodriguez N, Thompson PD. Exercise intensity alters postexercise hypotension. Journal of Hypertension. Oct; 22(10): 1881-8, 2004.

>Blanchard BE, Tsongalis GJ, Guidry MA, LaBelle LA, Poulin M, Taylor AL, Maresh CM, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. RAS Polymorphisms Alter the Acute Blood Pressure Response to Endurance Exercise among Men with Hypertension. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 36(5) Supplement: S259, May 2004.

>Guidry MA, Blanchard BE, Taylor AL, Maresh CM, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 36(5) Supplement: S96, May 2004.

>Pescatello LS, Guidry MA, Blanchard BE, Taylor AL, Maresh CM, Thompson PD. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 36(5) Supplement: S96, May 2004.

>Guidry MA, Blanchard BE, Kerr A, Zellner SR, Wark A, Maresh CM, Rodriguez N, Van Heest JL, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 35(5) Supplement 1:S73, May 2003.

 > BE, Tsongalis GJ, Guidry MA, Kerr AJ, LaBelle LA, Poulin M, Wark A, Maresh CM, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. ACE GENOTYPE ALTERS THE BLOOD PRESSURE RESPONSE TO ENDURANCE EXERCISE AMONG MEN WITH HYPERTENSION. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 35(5) Supplement 1:S185, May 2003. Wark AL, Blanchard BE, Guidry MA, Kerr AJ, Maresh CM, Seip RL, Pescatello LS. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 35(5) Supplement 1:S118, May 2003.

>Zellner SR, Blanchard BE, Guidry MA, Wark AL, Allen GJ, Van Heest JL, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS. POSTEXERCISE HYPOTENSION IS AUGMENTED UNDER LABORATORY CONDITIONS COMPARED TO SITUATIONS OF DAILY LIVING. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 35(5) Supplement 1:S73, May 2003.

>Pescatello LS, Blanchard BE, Zellner SR. “Faculty & Student Insights- How to Complete Your Dissertation / Thesis within a Larger Clinical Trial.” NEACSM Fall Conference. Nov 2002.

 
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
American College of Sports Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine, New England Chapter (NEACSM)
American Society of Medical Technology
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 




















































































 

 

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Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
Fax: (860) 486-5375