RICHARD JOSEPH BLOOMER
Health Sport Sciences
Office Location: 106 Fieldhouse
Phone: (901) 678-4165
Richard J. Bloomer earned a Bachelors Degree in Health and Wellness with a concentration in Nutritional Science from Buffalo State College and a Masters Degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College, after which time he began his role as a member of a clinical research team within the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Following the completion of his PhD training at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the area of Exercise Physiology, with supportive training in Nutritional Biochemistry, he served a one year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor within the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University, where he worked within the cardiac rehabilitation program. He is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences at The University of Memphis, where he directs the Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory.
He has been involved in personal exercise and nutritional consulting for close to 15 years and has trained and consulted with several hundred clients. He holds certifications from both the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Health Fitness Specialist and the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has written more than 60 health and fitness related articles for various on-line and print media targeting non-scientific audiences.
His research is focused on nutrient and exercise interventions aimed at attenuating oxidative stress—ultimately leading to improved metabolic and cardiovascular health. Much of this research involves the use of selected nutraceuticals and dietary supplements in an attempt to improve various biomarkers of human health and performance. Specific to this area of investigation, he has received several industry grants/contracts to support his work. He has authored or co-authored over 70 peer reviewed presentations at national or international scientific meetings. He has also been the invited guest on several radio programs nationwide to discuss his research. He is lead or co-author on more than 90 peer reviewed scientific articles, and his research findings have been published in such peer reviewed journals as Nutrition and Metabolism, Lipids in Health and Disease, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Sports Medicine, Nutrition Journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Current Diabetes Reviews, The International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, Journal of Caffeine Research, and British Journal of Nutrition.