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August 5, 2021
The hot and humid weather at the Tokyo Olympics made it very tough for athletes. Find out why in this interview with HEPRU Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Nathalie Kirby on Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan.
June 23, 2021
Canada's leader in IoT (Internet of Things) solutions and developer of Symp2Pass is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Innovations Canada and Dr. Glen P. Kenny, Director of the HEPRU at the University of Ottawa, Canada to further develop technologies and proprietary processes to help strengthen the return-to-work solution for COVID-19. Read more about this collaboration here.
April 27, 2021
Taking a break from extreme heat, by visiting a cooling center for example, could help our cells protect themselves from damage, according to preliminary findings from a new study. Read more about new research lead by HEPRU post-doctoral fellow Dr. James J. McCormick.
March 10, 2021
Temperatures are rising faster in Canada than in other regions of the world and the economic impacts of heat on human health are mounting. Read more about the research helping Canada beat the rising heat led by Glen Kenny at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Carolyn Tateishi at Health Canada in the uOttawa Gazette.
September 30, 2020
uOttawa study finds regulation of body temperature in older adults is not impacted by increases in osmolality – or saltiness – of the blood
Robert Meade and Glen Kenny from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa examined how physiological interactions between body fluid and temperature regulation change with age. The study found that as we age, elevated blood osmolality – or high salt content in the blood –, which occurs as we become dehydrated, has less impact on body temperature regulation in older men, making hydration especially important as the ability to preserve body fluid decreases. They published their most recent findings in The Journal of Physiology.
11 September 2020
Dotés du seul calorimètre dans le monde permettant de mesurer la perte de chaleur, des chercheurs de l'Université d'Ottawa mènent une batterie de tests pour mesurer les effets de la chaleur sur notre corps. Nous essayons de comprendre le mécanisme derrière la sudation et la façon dont notre corps répond au stress de la chaleur et quelle est notre première réponse quand nous sommes exposés à la chaleur, explique Molly Rutherford, étudiante à la maîtrise.
September 10, 2020
SmartCone TechnologiesInc. (SmartCone), Canada's leader in IoT (Internet of Things) solutions announces that it will be sponsoring the Industry Research Chair in Heat Strain Monitoring and Management. Dr. Glen Kenny of the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Human Kinetics and Director of the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit (HEPRU) at the University of Ottawa is the recipient of the Research Chair in Heat Strain Monitoring and Management. This partnership will enable the development of next-generation heat protection solutions and technologies that includes health monitoring in the context of COVID-19 and our changing climate to protect the public and workers.
June 19, 2020
An Ottawa researcher who studies how the human body regulates heat is concerned about how heat waves will affect the elderly living in long-term care. “The elderly have been in lockdown for weeks. Our work is showing that the elderly are very vulnerable. They’re isolated and many can’t speak for themselves,” said Dr. Glen Kenny, a physiologist at the University of Ottawa, where he leads projects using the world’s only direct calorimeter, a device that takes precise measurements of body heat exchange. Read more in the Ottawa Citizen article featuring Dr. Glen Kenny.
Big thanks to Heather Jamieson at the Orleans Star for promoting our important work on the effects of heat waves on the elderly.
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August 23, 2018
Check out some tips on staying safe when working in the heat!
July 16, 2018
There are many heat alerts across Canada and health officials are raising concern over the risk higher temperatures can pose to older workers.
July 7, 2018
As the temperature, with humidity, felt like more than 40 C in southern Quebec this week, health officials reported that many of the more than 50 heat-related deaths were people over 65, or had health problems, or both. Age and chronic health issues are both frequently cited risk factors during heat waves, but why?
July 5, 2018
“I think it’s good to know if we are affected by heat. Especially for those who are working in the heat, it’s really good to set some base numbers so they stay safe,” she said. Research like this has led Glen Kenny, a professor of physiology at the University of Ottawa who works in this lab, to believe that the current guidelines on heat stress are inadequate to protect all workers, especially those above 40 and who suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes.
September 27, 2017
Tattoos have long been associated with coolness — but could they also be interfering with the body's ability to stay cool? That's what Glen Kenny wants to find out. Kenny is the director of the University of Ottawa's human and environmental physiology research unit, and his team is looking for heavily-tattooed young adults willing to come into his lab and sweat it out for science.
August 1, 2016
The World Health Organization estimates that of the 500 million people worldwide thought to have diabetes, 90% have type 2 diabetes and the number diagnosed with diabetes by 2020 will increase dramatically. As the review by Dr. Glen Kenny and colleagues titled “Body temperature regulation in diabetes” highlights, diabetes can impair the body’s ability to thermoregulate leading to a relative inability to adequately regulate core temperature. As they discuss in their review, this can have a profound impact on the ability of individuals with diabetes to work and play in adverse environments which includes workers in many vital industries who may be regularly exposed to harsh environmental conditions.
July 30, 2015
Thursday marked the fourth day of Ottawa’s heat warning as temperatures continued to soar into the low 30s, accompanied by an almost choking high humidity. Health sciences professor Glen Kenny of the University of Ottawa cautioned citizens against thinking cloudy weather means they’re safer from heat illnesses.
August 5, 2015
Heating and cooling residential and office buildings adds up to 30 per cent of total carbon dioxide emissions. So in an environmentally sensitive world we shouldn’t set the thermostat so low in summer, right? Hello office building managers! Watch for new technologies being developed at the University of Ottawa that Prof. Glen Kenny says will measure body heat loss and gain and adjust the temperatures automatically.
September 22, 2014
An Ottawa-based study says the key to helping obese kids lose weight is through a combination of weight training, aerobics and healthy eating. Dr. Glen Kenny is a doctor of Physiology at uOttawa and the co-lead on the study, “We saw reductions in five or six pounds in terms of fat mass loss,” he says, “so that's great when we talk about the risk factor for cardiovascular and diabetes.”
September 27, 2014
This week on Our Ottawa, we take a look at the latest research on teenage obesity in the city and which activities are best to fight it.
Join host Lucy van Oldenbarneveld for a look at what's happening in our community, plus lifestyle tips and stories about health, consumer, music, arts and entertainment. For her interview with Glen Kenny, a University of Ottawa professor, and student Allison Neilson-Sewel, who participated in the study, click on the link below.
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