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Research: environmental ergonomics, focusing on physiological responses to heat, cold and hypoxic conditions
What do North Atlantic shrimp fishermen, firefighters and the Canadian Olympic snowboard team have in common? They all stand to benefit from Stephen Cheung’s cutting-edge research in environmental ergonomics.
As a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics, Cheung’s research focuses on the ability of humans to function in extreme environments. His research facility, a unique lab that regulates temperature, humidity and oxygen content, is one of only two in the world, allowing him to study the effects of thermal stress on human physiology and performance.
Cheung’s research has far-reaching implications, including the design of protective clothing for people working or exercising in extremely cold or hot environments, the development of new methods for recovery from dehydration, and investigating the use of cooling protocols to increase functional capacity in individuals with multiple sclerosis.
The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex will provide Cheung and his research team with a wet lab, which will increase the team’s research capability. The additional space provided by the complex will also allow Cheung to reach a larger audience of students.