Prolonged exposure to the thermal stress (e.g. heat, cold) of the environment can incur a strain that degrades human health and performance (for all populations and demographics). This applies to physically active individuals, from both athletic and occupational settings. The negative consequences of thermal stress often result in impaired autonomic control and dysregulation of cardio-metabolic processes. This results in progressive changes in body temperature, an inability to optimally perform physically or cognitively demanding tasks, and limited exercise tolerance.
This exciting project will explore novel use of dietary supplements with the intent to enhance performance and to safely manage the cardio-metabolic responses to physical work during heat and cold stress (i.e. the thermal challenge). In particular, this research will identify the mechanisms by which the chosen supplement(s) may offset the deleterious effects of hot or cold exposure on physical and mental performance. Candidates are invited to propose their research plan (in compliance with the requirements for a PhD) and technical rationale to explain how it is designed to meet this project’s objectives. This should be a one page document, which includes a brief general background, individual project aims and general proposed methods.