Effects of Hyperthermia on Cognitive Function

Research exploring the effects of hyperthermia on physiological function has found concomitant elevations in skin and internal temperature cause rises in blood glucose levels, impair aerobic exercise capacity and lead to reductions in regional and global cerebral blood flow potentially reducing brain oxygen and substrate delivery and accentuating the rises in brain temperature. Under these physiologically stressful conditions, changes in brain perfusion and oxygenation and an elevated brain temperature could therefore reduce cognitive function. The present research project is exploring the relationship between heat stress and cognition in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of how hyperthermia affects brain function. This project is supported by funding from UKRI/Research England.


Project led by Dr Kaz Brandt