John_LowmanJohn Lowman, Ph.D., PT, as assistant professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, presented at the 34th Annual European Cystic Fibrosis Society Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Lowman’s talk during the Exercise Working Group was on "Treadmill Exercise Testing."

Lowman discussed the "Bruce protocol" cardiopulmonary exercise test as the most common exercise test used in the U.S. for both kids and adults.  It has also been used worldwide for testing kids and adults with and without cystic fibrosis.  Compared to cycling protocols (more common in Europe), it results in a higher peak exercise capacity (peak VO2) and better discriminates those patients that become hypoxemic with exercise.