Caroline Alice Rickards, PhD

Caroline Rickards, PhD

Associate Professor - Physiology and Anatomy
Physiology and Anatomy
Research interests:Integrated cardiovascular, autonomic and cerebrovascular responses to stress

Dr. Caroline Rickards’ research focuses on the early detection of hemorrhagic injury in trauma patients, particularly on the regulation of cerebral perfusion and oxygenation.

This research examines the role of variability in arterial pressure and cerebral blood flow (hemodynamic variability) on the potential protection of cerebral tissue perfusion and oxygenation. The goal is to develop potential clinical therapies for application to stroke, traumatic brain injury, hemorrhage, migraine, and orthostatic intolerance.

Dr. Rickards is currently testing an impedance threshold device designed to improve blood flow to the brain and other vital organs following a hemorrhagic injury or cardiac arrest. The device is being tested as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for battlefield use, but the findings also have clear civilian applications.

Her recent work on the acute cardiovascular effects of e-cigarettes in collaboration with the University of Texas at San Antonio has led to interviews in USA Today, NBC 5 News DFW, and KERA, the regional affiliate of National Public Radio.

Dr. Rickards also serves as adjunct professor of Health Care Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and she previously has served as a mentor for the Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Recently nominated as Chair of the Women in Physiology Committee for the American Physiological Society (APS) for 2015-1017, Dr. Rickards also will serve on the APS International Programs Committee. She is an ad-hoc reviewer for grant study sections and many high-impact peer review journals, and serves the local community by hosting high school student laboratory demonstrations.

Academic:Doctor of Philosophy, Physiology, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Bachelor of Applied Science (Honors), RMIT University

Bachelor of Science, Physiology, University of Melbourne, Australia

Honors:2013 – Nominee, UNTHSC Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member Award

2010 – Associate Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA)

2010 – Research Career Enhancement Award, American Physiological Society (APS)

2005-2008 – National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research

2007 – APS Caroline tum Suden/Frances A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award

2005 – Patron's Prize, Australian Military Medicine Association

2003-2004 – Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Zonta International

2002 – Aerospace Medicine Student & Resident Organization and AsMA Travel Scholarship