September 22, 2017

UConn opens heat research lab

The UConn Korey Stringer Institute in Storrs has opened a new heat research lab.

Called the MISSION Heat Lab, the new facility is outfitted with the latest in climate control technologies and human performance monitoring systems, according to UConn Today.

Located within UConn's Gampel Pavilion sports arena, the lab also features a first-of-its-kind cooling area that will allow researchers to monitor how the human body responds to different cooling treatments after experiencing heat-related stress and conditions.

"Exertional heat stroke is a constant concern for athletes, active military personnel, laborers, and others who are called on to perform in hot conditions," said UConn professor Douglas Casa, a national expert on heat stroke and CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute. "This lab will increase our understanding of heat illness and how body temperature impacts performance. It will also help us develop better methods for cooling, which is an important part of our commitment to keeping athletes, warfighters, and laborers safe."

The lab is capable of creating a broad range of environmental conditions. High-end exercise bikes and treadmills along with advanced temperature controls will allow researchers to mimic specific environments for races, competitions, and events. Radiant heat panels being installed later this year will further enhance lab simulations.

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