Hirofumi Tanaka

Hirofumi Tanaka


Exercise Science


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 822F
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Courses of Instruction
KIN325K Physiology of Exercise
KIN379H Honors Tutorial Course
KIN 382 Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology
KIN395 Advanced Exercise Physiology II

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology & Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

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Dr. Tanaka is a Professor and the Director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.A. in physical education/martial arts at the International Budo (Martial Arts) University in Japan, a M.S. in human bioenergetics from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in applied physiology from the University of Tennessee.  He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Dr. Tanaka’s research interests revolve around vascular aging that manifests as the stiffening (hardening) of large elastic artery and vascular endothelial dysfunction.  A variety of topics that encompass physiological mechanism that mediate vascular aging, sequel or consequences of age-related vascular dysfunction such as cognitive dysfunction, and lifestyle modifications that prevent and reverse vascular dysfunction with aging are being investigated in his research laboratory.  Masters athletes or aging competitive athletes are often studied as the model of successful aging. 




Ph.D. 1995 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Applied/Exercise Physiology)


Representative Publications

Mitranun, W., C. Deerochanawong, H. Tanaka, and D. Suksom. Continuous vs. interval aerobic exercise training on glycemic control and vascular reactivity in patients with type 2 diabetes. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.  24: e69-e76, 2014.

Steward, K.A., E. Pasha, K. Goudarzi, A. Elmensahwy, M. Alkatan, A. Villalpando, H. Tanaka, and A.P. Haley. Midlife arterial stiffness and brain activation during working memory task. Open Hypertension Journal.  6: 3-9, 2014.

Sugawara, J., K. Hayashi, and H. Tanaka. Arterial path length estimation on brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity: validation of height-based formulas. Journal of Hypertension. 32(4): 881-889, 2014.

Barnes, J.N., N. Nualnim, M. Dhindsa, C.P. Renzi, and H. Tanaka. Macro- and microvascular function in habitually exercising systemic lupus erythematosus patients. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology. 43(3): 209-216, 2014.

Prakhinkit, S., S. Suppapitiporn, H. Tanaka, and D. Suksom. Effects of Buddhist walking meditation on functional fitness, depression, and endothelium-dependent vasodilation in the elderly with depressive symptoms.  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  20(5): 411-416, 2014.

Park, W., V.J. Lee, V.J., B. Ku, and H. Tanaka. Walking speed and placement position interactions in the accuracy of various newer pedometers. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness. 12: 31-37, 2014. 

Gonzales, M.M., T. Tarumi, R. Ellis, J.R. Hungate, M. Pyron, H. Tanaka, and A.P. Haley.  Greater BOLD response to working memory in endurance-trained adults revealed by breath-hold calibration. Human Brain Mapping. 35(7): 2898-2910, 2014.

Machin, D.R., W. Park, M. Alkatan, M. Mouton, and H. Tanaka. Hypotensive effects of solitary addition of conventional non-fat dairy products to the routine diet. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 100(1): 80-87, 2014.

Sugawara, J., Y. Saito, S. Maeda, M. Yoshizawa, H. Komine, M. Nakamura, R. Ajisaka, and H. Tanaka. Lack of changes in carotid artery compliance with systemic nitric oxide synthase inhibition. Journal of Human Hypertension.  28(8): 494-499, 2014. 

Gonzales, M.M., S. Kaur, D.E. Eagan, K. Goudarzi, E. Pasha, D.C. Doan, H. Tanaka, and A.P. Haley. Central adiposity and the functional magnetic imaging response to cognitive challenge. International Journal of Obesity. 38(9): 1193-1199, 2014.

Park, W., M. Miyachi, and H. Tanaka. Does aerobic exercise mitigate the effects of cigarette smoking on arterial stiffness? Journal of Clinical Hypertension. 16(9): 640-644, 2014. 

Pasha, E.P., A.P. Haley, and H. Tanaka. Ethnoracial disparities in Alzheimer’s disease: target on cardiovascular risks via lifestyle changes? Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Research. 3(5): e128-e, 2014.

Recent Awards

  • National Institute on Aging Pepper Center study section member
  • American Heart Association behavioral science, epidemiology, & prevention peer review committee chair
  • Research Administration Volunteer Recognition Award, American Heart Association
  • Top 25 Reviewers, Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Frontiers in Physiology Research Host Award

Current Research Projects and Grants

  • Effects of fluid milk in attenuating hyperglycemia and hypertriglyceridemia after meal
  • Regular swimming, vascular function, & arthritis
  • Hypotensive effects of whole milk
  • Atherosclerosis risk in Communities ARIC study
  • Fitness and vascular profile of Japanese pearl divers

Research Interests and Expertise

  • Physiological mechanisms and consequences of vascular aging
  • Influence of lifestyle modifications (particularly habitual exercise) on vascular dysfunction and increased disease risk that occur with aging
  • Masters athletes and changes in athletic performance with aging
  • Utility of swimming exercise for disease prevention
  • Myths and misconceptions in sports medicine and exercise science

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • American College of Sports Medicine, Fellow
  • American Heart Association, Fellow
  • Gerontological Society of America, Fellow