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The thermal regulation lab has a heat chamber, exercise/work equipment (treadmills, cycle ergometers, velodyne), oxygen consumption analysis, skin/core temperature monitoring which provides opportunities to research and investigate issues related to thermoregulation, environmental stressors, and protective gear (forestry, firefighting, athletics, industry, leisure clothing, UV clothing). Several of the recent projects have investigated the clothing which has been engineered to provide better protection from environmental stressors, creatine ingestion in the heat, and the efficiency of running in the heat.
The thermal lab is also equipped with an infrared imaging system that can non-invasively measure skin temperatures to the nearest 0.05 C. This thermal technology has been utilized in research efforts related to industry (thermal clothing, protective barrier suits), medical pathology (carpal tunnel syndrome, Raynaud's syndrome, sypathetic responses to thermal stress, neural and vascular blood flow pathologies), and physiological responses to exercise and thermal stressors (environmental stressors) in both animal and human subjects. Much of the research from this lab has been presented at International Meetings.
(associated faculty: Pascoe)
Last Updated: May 24, 2011