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Research Overview

 The center research targets physiological challenges faced during the exploration of  environmental extremes from ocean depths to space exploration.

Diving related research includes:

  • Research on human diving and altitude physiology including the mechanisms of immersion pulmonary edema, and, respiratory mechanics and gas exchange at non-standard pressures.
  • Evidenced based diagnosis and treatment of decompression sickness and arterial gas embolization.
  • Decompression sickness risk assessment for differing decompression algorithms.
  • Non-clinical (laboratory) diagnosis of decompression illness.

The center faculty also conduct bench research, epidemiological research and clinical trials related to:

  • Human diseases treated with hyperbaric oxygen including: necrotizing infections, osteoradionecrosis of the jaw, soft tissue radionecrosis and bisphosphonate associated osteonecrosis of the jaw.
  • The molecular biology of metabolic gases (O2, CO NO).
  • The clinical and molecular biology of wound healing
  • Treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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