Featured Topic — Wednesday, April 26, 2017 — 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM — , Room W192A
Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section — Chair: Christopher T. Minson — Co-Chair: Steven A. Romero
Environmental stress is historically considered a challenge to human health and homeostasis. However, it was not until recently that physiologists have begun to utilize environmental stress as a means to improve human health, particularly in populations with physical and functional limitations. The proposed featured topic will highlight new and novel research that has exploited environmental stressors to improve human physiological function. Given the broad scope of the proposed Featured Topic, it is anticipated that featured presenters and keynote speakers will cover environmental stressors related to chronic heat stress, ischemia-reperfusion preconditioning, hypoxic exercise training, cryotherapy, and cross-tolerance adaptations. Importantly, benefits associated with these environmental stressors span multiple physiological systems, and will therefore garner widespread attention across the various interest sections of the American Physiological Society and will give rise to a high number of abstract submissions and session attendees. Finally, the proposed featured session will also serve to stimulate discussion and provide direction for further avenues of research within this highly novel and emerging field of study.