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Institute of Advanced Studies welcomes leading researcher in environmental medicine through its Motion theme

This week, Dr Robert Kenefick will be visiting the University as part of the Institute of Advanced Studies’ Motion theme.

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Dr Robert Kenefick

Dr Kenefick is the Deputy Chief of the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division and the Altitude Work Group Leader at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

During his visit to Loughborough, he will present an IAS lecture entitled ‘Hydration Strategies – Planned Drinking vs Drinking to Thirst’ on Wednesday 20 February, from 4pm-5:30pm in SCH 1.01 (Schofield Building).

Dr Kenefick will be hosted by Professor George Havenith, from the Design School, who is the academic lead for the Motion and Human Comfort sub-theme.

During his visit, Dr Kenefick will spend time with staff in the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre and take part in a networking workshop to explore potential avenues for future collaboration and outline the research of the US. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

Professor Havenith said: “USARIEM - the American research institute where Dr Kenefick works - has been leading research on human performance in environmental extremes for over 50 years with many eminent scholars in its ranks.

“We are very pleased to have Dr Kenefick with us, a world expert in the area of heat stress and hydration/dehydration, with an exciting program of knowledge exchange on the level of academics, researchers but also PhD and MSc students through workshops.”

The ‘Motion’ theme - led by Professor Chris Harwood and Professor Vicky Tolfrey from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences – will be exploring different concepts of motion in collaboration with high-profile international academics, extending beyond individual movement to encompass forms of transportation, assisted living, personal comfort, life course changes, performance and precision engineering.

Other academics who will be visiting the University later this year to discuss the motion theme include Professor Paul Wylleman (Vrije Universiteit Brussels), Professor Rory Cooper (University of Pittsburgh) and Professor Ahmed Shabana (University of Illinois, Chicago).

More information on the Institute of Advanced Studies can be found here.