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U of T experts to discuss human performance in extreme environments

November 26, 2013

TORONTO, ON – From the frozen lakes of Siberia to the arid deserts of Afghanistan, soldiers, athletes and emergency crews often push their bodies to the limit in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.

Join experts from the University of Toronto on December 3 to better understand how the body performs and adapts to such challenges at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s sixth, FREE public symposium, “Extreme Environments, Extraordinary Feats: How Far Can We Push Ourselves?

This event will feature guest speaker, ultra-marathoner and extreme athlete Ray Zahab who will share his epic experiences pushing his body to its limit. Professor Marius Locke and Dean Ira Jacobs will explore how muscles, cells and the body’s physiological systems adapt to extreme conditions and environments, including those experienced in military operational scenarios. Professor Judith Andersen, of the University of Toronto Mississauga, will address the impact of extreme physical and psychological stress on individuals, including emergency response personnel.

Human physiologist, professor and CTV sport science analyst Professor Greg Wells will moderate the discussion.

Reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served. Visit Eventbrite to register.


When:    Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 p.m.

Where:   Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West (Map:


 For more information, contact:

Valerie Iancovich
Acting Director, PR & Communications
Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Tel: 416-946-3713