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15 Dec 2016

Design School PhD Researcher wins prize for best oral presentation at International conference.

Loughborough PhD researcher Katy Griggs won best oral presentation prize at the International Physiology and Pharmacology of Temperature Regulation Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, held in December 2016. She presented a paper on heat loss differences between able-bodied individuals and those with spinal cord injuries.

Leading academics and researchers from all over the world gathered at the 6th International PPTR conference in Ljubljana last December. The conference is a place for scientists with an interest in temperature regulation to come together and present ideas. The conference consisted of symposia, oral, and poster presentations on temperature regulation in humans and animals.

Katy’s PhD is supervised by Professor Vicky Tolfrey from the School for Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) as well as Professor George Havenith from the Design School as her PhD work incorporates both the SSEHS and the Design School’s Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre (EERC).

Katy presented her paper entitled “Differences in evaporative heat loss between the able-bodied and individuals with a spinal cord injury of different lesion level” in the Behavioural and Autonomic Regulation of Body Temperature category, and was awarded the prize for her oral presentation.

Katy said, “The work I presented at PPTR focused on how the fundamentals of thermoregulation are altered as a result of a spinal cord injury and the extent of the differences in evaporative heat loss capacity between individuals of different lesion levels”

Katy is currently completing her PhD which is entitled “The thermoregulatory responses of athletes with a spinal cord injury during rest and exercise”. She is focussing on the differences which arise from injuries to different areas of the spine, and how they affect heat-loss in athletes.

The results were announced at the dinner on the last night of the conference. The young investigator prize, which Katy was awarded for her presentation, was funded by the Physiological Society and the journal of Experimental Physiology. Katy Explains:

“I was shocked but proud to receive a Young Investigator prize for my presentation, young investigators were highly complimented on their presentations by attendees, so I felt even more honoured to win a prize for my presentation.”

For more information about Katy’s research and publications, click here.


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