This domain group investigates the physiological basis associated with a variety of human conditions. The two primary research areas are energy balance, and human thermoregulation. Current research programs include:
- Understanding the contribution of certain physiological and endocrine factors to obesity.
- The effects of different factors (i.e. nutrition, eating behaviour, environmental pollutants, energetic supplements and physical activity on energy balance and adipose tissue-derived proteins involved in the control of body weight control and insulin sensitivity.
- Understanding how humans orchestrate metabolic fuel selection to improve chances of survival and increase performance in adverse environmental conditions such as changing climates and important modifications of dietary behaviour.
- Studying the impact of physical activity in the maintenance of weight loss and glycemic control in type 2 diabetics.
- Understanding the thermal and non-thermal factors influencing the control of sweating and skin blood flow and core temperature regulation during and following exercise and/or work in the heat.
- Advancing modeling efforts that predict human thermoregulatory responses, fatigue and tolerance during heat and cold stress
- Understanding the cellular and molecular networks responsible for adaptations to exercise
- Examining the impact of maternal behaviours, and intrauterine exposures on the promotion of optimum health focusing on the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) paradigm