University of Ottawa Heat Exposure Study

The University of Ottawa's human environmental physiology research unit (HERPU) is looking for participants for their heat study. This is a great (and free) opportunity for you to find out how your body responds to heat, as well as the measures of your body composition and overall heart health. Find out who can participate here.

Morgan McManus is a member of the HEPRU at Ottawa University. In the note below, he details what the study consists of, as well as how to go about participating. 


Our research team, the human environmental physiology research unit (HEPRU) at the University of Ottawa, examines the effects of heat stress on health and performance, currently focusing on older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. As our work demonstrates adults as young as 40 years of age have a marked reduction in their ability to dissipate heat that ultimately reduces their ability to work and play in cold to hot environments.  This reduction is worse is individuals with reduced fitness and especially in females and those with chronic health conditions.  Consequently, this can negatively influence an individual’s ability to perform and ultimately negatively affecting their health in the short- and long-term.  Our work is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  

We are welcoming all interested individuals between the ages of 18 to 80 years old with and without chronic health conditions such as diabetes or hypertension to participate.

Please feel free to contact myself ( or Robert ( if you have any questions or would like some more information about the study. 

Faculty of Health Sciences

Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit

Morgan McManus

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