The mission of the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences (CPS) is to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative research among health care practitioners, biomedical scientists and community activists to discover and disseminate knowledge and tools to improve our understanding of: cardiopulmonary diseases, public health, clinical performance, Big Data management, and evolving educational and leadership approaches.

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Below is the most recent list of funding our faculty received!!


Recent Grants our faculty received: 

  1. Project Encompass, an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to wound care at Loma Linda University: ($250,000); 2017-2018
    1. This is an interdisciplinary grant where three of our faculty are part of. Our department (EMC Program) will receive approximately $62,500. 
    2. Faculty involved: Abdullah Alismail, Brendan Gongol, Laren Tan, and Traci Marin
  2. The use of Augmented Reality Glass in Central Lines and Intubation: 
    1. This is an interdisciplinary project between our department, Loma Linda University Medical Center, La Sierra University.  
    2. Faculty involved: Abdullah Alismail, Laren Tan, Michael Terry. 
  3. Loma Linda University GRASP award (intramural), The role of vascular hemodynamics on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s.
    1. Principal Investigator(s): Brendan Gongol and Salvador Soriano – The Goal of this proposal is to decipher the impact atherogenic or atheroprotective flow patterns have on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. 
  4. Loma Linda University GRASP award (intramural), AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) regulates an epigenetic network in respiratory pattern response to inflammation and mitochondrial redox imbalance. 2015 – 2017
    1. Principal Investigator(s): Traci Marin and Christopher Wilson- The goal of this project is to evaluate and quantify the role of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in modulating mitochondrial function and epigenetic regulation of genes essential to redox regulation during an inflammatory challenge.
  5. Loma Linda University GRASP award (intramural), Hyperoxia and hypoxia regulated angiogenesis under HBOT. 2014 – 2016
    1. Principal Investigator(s): Traci Marin and Takkin Lo. The goal of this project is to elucidate novel mechanisms by which AMPK regulates angiogenesis and wound healing under both hyperbaric (hyperoxia) and hypoxemic conditions.

Faculty Research Interest & Publications

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  • Research Interest: Higher Education, Neurocognitive Science, and Inflammatory process. 
  • Publication: 
    • Abdullah Alismail, Evelyn Massey, Cassaundra Song, Noha Daher, Michael H. Terry, David Lopez, Laren Tan, Takkin Lo. Emotional Impact of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training on High School Students. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00362
    • Alipoon, L., Lopez, D. (October 2003). Brain Based Learning Applications for Radiation Sciences. Radiologic Science and Education, 8, (1), 5-12.
    • Alipoon, L, Lopez, D. (Dec/Jan 2001). Experience is the Network to the Mind: Brain-Based Learning Applications in Higher Education Journal of Adventist Education, 63, (2), 29-34 
    • Book Reviews:
      • Lopez, D. (April 2002). [Review of the book Clinical Manifestations and Assessment of Respiratory Disease, 4th edition]. Respiratory Care, 47, (4), 525-526.
      • Lopez, D. (April 2002). [Review of the book Case Studies to Accompany Clinical Manifestations and Assessment of Respiratory Disease, 4th edition]. Respiratory Care, 47, (4), 526-527.
    • Published Dissertation:
      • Lopez, D. (2001). Institutional ethos: conveying the essence of a university's mission. Dissertation Abstracts International, 62 (01), 03A. (UMI No. 301365) 
    • Book Chapters: 
      • Lopez, D., & Marshak, A. (1998). Tuberculosis. In Wilkins, R.L., & Dexter, J.R., (Eds.). Respiratory Disease: a case study approach to patient care (2cd edition, pp.357-371). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 
    • Test Questions for Book Chapters:
      • Lopez, D. (1999). Test questions, Lung Neoplasm’s. In Scanlan, C. L., Wilkins, R. L., & Stoller, J. K (Eds). Egan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care (7th edition). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
      • Lopez, D. (1999). Test questions, Neuromuscular Diseases. In Scanlan, C. L., Wilkins, R. L., & Stoller, J. K (Eds). Egan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care (7th edition). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
  • Email: dlopez@llu.edu
  • Research Interest: Mr. Alipoon conducted and participated in different research studies from clinical, pharmaceutical to educational studies. His current research interest are:
    • Clinical Research
    • Educational research
  • Publications: 
    • A Comparison of Omeprazole Sodium Bicarbonate - Immediate Release Powder for Suspension to Intravenous Cimetidine for the Prevention of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Critically Ill Patients.  Santarus OSB-IR-C03. Primary Investigator: T. Lo. Study Coordinator: Alan Alipoon. Beginning Date: January 2000, End Date: August 2003
    • Abstracts: 
      • COMPARISON OF HAND VENTILATORS IN DELIVERING NITRIC OXIDE, Presented at the 53rd International Respiratory Congress, December 1- 4, 2007, Orlando Florida
      • RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONER: CODE BLUE PROCESS COORDINATOR IN AN ACADEMIC UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, Presented at the 52nd International Respiratory Congress, December 11 – 14, 2007, Las Vegas Nevada
      • COMPARISON AND EVALUATION OF RESPIRATORY CARE STAFF COMPETENCY FOLLOWING PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT CHANGES, Presented at the 52nd International Respiratory Congress, December 11 – 14, 2006, Las Vegas Nevada
      • A PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM TO FACILITATE PRECEPTOR EVALUATION, Presented at the 52nd International Respiratory Congress, December 11 – 14, 2006, Las Vegas Nevada
  • Research Interest: 
    • Health Care providers & tobacco control in developing nations. 
    • Lung ultrasound as the 2nd stethoscope of the respiratory care practitioner. 
    • External assessment for quality evaluation of international respiratory care programs.
    • International development  
  • Abstracts & Presentations: 
    • Nelson, RD, Gavrielov N. (2010) Cotinine Testing for Tobacco Abuse – Initial Riyadh Experience. Respiratory Care, Vol 55 No 11 Page 1584.
    • Nelson, RD. Point of Care Lung Ultrasound. Presentation given on 22 April 2014 at the Saudi Critical Care Society 2015 Conference.
    • Nelson, RD, Al‐Hubaishi, F, Nelson, A. (2010). NBRC Secure Self Assessment Tests – Saudi Arabia Experience. Respiratory Care, Vol 55, No 11, page 1539 
    • Nelson, RD. Respiratory Care Boards:  Essential for Patient Safety and Career Distinction.  Presentation given on 4 May 2014 at the 1st Respiratory Therapy Scientific Day, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh. 
    • Nelson, Richard D. National Board for Respiratory Care – SAEs and Credentialing. Presentation given on 13 April 2010 at the 6th Annual Respiratory Care Symposium, King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Jeddah.
    • Nelson, Richard D (2006). Broadmindedness, Tolerance, Freedom of Thinking ‐‐ as Foundation of World's Culture. Almaty: Kazakhstan Association for Freedom. pp. 70‐76. ISBN 9965‐9842‐2‐0 
    • Nelson, Richard D (2002). Current Issues in Natural Methods of Public Health Care, International
    • Scientific‐Practical Conference. Almaty: Ministry of Health, Kazakhstan. pp. 29‐30. ISBN 9965‐15‐078‐8. 
    • >25 International Presentations in >20 countries including China, Taiwan, Russia, India, Nepal, Italy, Hungary, former Yugoslavia (Belgrade), Romania, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, USA, Canada, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Philippines, Malaysia, Tanzania, Ghana & Saudi Arabia.