Participate in our research

Researchers at the Human Environmental Physiology Research Unit (HEPRU) at the University of Ottawa are currently seeking volunteers to participate in studies assessing how the body responds to heat at rest and during exercise. We are seeking to understand how different factors such as a person’s sex, age, state of health, fitness, hydration status, acclimatization state and others can affect an individual’s tolerance to heat.

This information will inform new guidelines and heat protection strategies to safeguard health during exposure to heat. 

Who are we looking for?

  • Children (10-14 years) without any health conditions
  • Adults (18-80 years) with or without chronic health conditions (e.g., Type II diabetes, hypertension)
  • Non-smokers
  • All fitness levels

How does participating benefit you?

  • Free aerobic fitness assessment and free body composition analysis (valued at $650)
  • Advice on the use of exercise to maintain health and manage chronic conditions
  • Tips and tricks on how to better cope with hot weather

Contact us

Interested in participating in our research? Please call us or send us a message and we will be in touch!

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Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit

K1N 6N5, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

613-562-5800 ext. 4270

Previous volunteers

Thank you!

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude towards those who have previously participated in our research. Your contribution to science and improving the health of Canadians is invaluable. To find out more about our research or the specific study you participated in, please go to the 'Our research' page or contact us using the form below.