Robert D. Meade is currently pursuing his doctorate with the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit. His research is directed at understanding how extreme heat events (heatwaves) impact physiological function in older adults. In his Masters studies, Robert evaluated the mechanisms underpinning the age-related changes in the control of cutaneous vasodilation and sweating during exercise. Throughout his time with HEPRU, Robert has published a combined total of over 70 full-length manuscripts, peer-reviewed abstracts and editorial articles. He has presented his research at multiple national and international meetings and is currently a reviewer for Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. In support of both his masters and doctoral research, he has been awarded Alexander Graham Bell graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
Brian J. Friesen is a PhD student at the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit at the University of Ottawa. He earned his Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist® with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CEP). Brian was the winner of the Environmental and Occupational Physiology Interest Group Master’s Student Research Award of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2013. Brian is currently funded by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. His doctoral research is focused on defining exposure limits for older adults and vulnerable populations during prolonged heat stress. Brian has published research on the mechanisms and controllers governing the modulation of self-paced exercise in the heat. He has also conducted research on the effects of biophysical differences on core cooling rates in the treatment of exertional heat stoke by cold water immersion. In addition to his academic work, Brian enjoys playing baseball, hockey, skiing, golf and being in the great outdoors.
Kelli King is currently a PhD student at the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit at the University of Ottawa. She earned her Master of Science degree from the University of New Mexico in Exercise Science where she studied the physiological and cellular responses to heat, cold, and hypoxic exposures. Her recent research interests focus on the metabolic contributions during thermal stressors and the impact of thermal stress on cellular function. Kelli’s doctoral thesis will examine the cellular mechanisms of autophagy and cold shock proteins in young and older adults in response to acute and chronic exposures to cold water immersion.
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