3 episodes

Humans are capable of incredible feats of endurance and can tolerate physical stress. Our bodies may experience environmental extremes including desert hot and arctic cold temperatures, high and low ambient pressures; g-forces at high speed and zero-gravity in space. It may have to cope with other types of physical extremes including training to be an Olympic tri-athlete & morbid obesity and starvation. But how are we able to adapt and survive in completely alien environments and cope with such physical challenges? The aim of these podcasts is to introduce, explore and explain the physiological basis of ‘life at the extremes’. It is aimed at demonstrating how by studying integrative human physiology, we can understand better the human body and the roots of our survival. By reference to these ‘extremes’, anyone listening to these podcasts will be introduced to physiological functions relating to homeostasis and control of the internal environment.

Life at the Extremes: Human Physiology University of Leeds

    • Health & Fitness

Humans are capable of incredible feats of endurance and can tolerate physical stress. Our bodies may experience environmental extremes including desert hot and arctic cold temperatures, high and low ambient pressures; g-forces at high speed and zero-gravity in space. It may have to cope with other types of physical extremes including training to be an Olympic tri-athlete & morbid obesity and starvation. But how are we able to adapt and survive in completely alien environments and cope with such physical challenges? The aim of these podcasts is to introduce, explore and explain the physiological basis of ‘life at the extremes’. It is aimed at demonstrating how by studying integrative human physiology, we can understand better the human body and the roots of our survival. By reference to these ‘extremes’, anyone listening to these podcasts will be introduced to physiological functions relating to homeostasis and control of the internal environment.

    • video
    Changing Atmospheres

    Changing Atmospheres

    Dr Shaunna Burke from Sports and Exercise Sciences at the University of Leeds gives us an account of her first-hand experience of climbing Mount Everest on several occasions.

    • 33 min
    • video
    The Human Environment

    The Human Environment

    This is a recording of the lecture Dr Mike Stroud gave based on his experiences of extreme physiology including expeditions to the Antarctic and achieving 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days.

    • 53 min
    • video
    Energy Balance

    Energy Balance

    Prof Marion Hetherington talks about her research into an extreme eating disorder - Anorexia

    • 32 min

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