Human Health, Resilience & Performance Team
The range of advanced research studies at IHMC are made possible by community members that offer their time to study participation. IHMC Human Health and Resilience Research (HHRP) Team is recruiting subjects for various ongoing and future studies, listed below. If you are interested in any of the studies, please select the study, read through the study details, and complete eligible participant intake information. If you are eligible to participate, our recruitment team will be communication with you about participation details. We appreciate your interest and commitment to our research!
Ketone Esters for Optimizing Operator Cognitive & Physical Performance in Extreme Environments
Description: This study will test whether exogenous ketone bodies mitigate the negative effects on cognitive and physical performance associated with simulated altitude of 15,000ft. Subjects will perform exercise along with intermittent shoot simulation, decision making, amongst other tests while being exposed to oxygen levels at 15,000ft altitude simulating military operations at altitude.
Acute Ketosis and Cognitive Performance: Attention
Description: This study is to examine the effects of exogenous ketones on markers of cognitive performance, specifically the ability to sustain attention while at a simulated altitude of 20,000 ft. The study will involve a time commitment of approximately 11 hrs over three study visits. During their two testing days, the participants will consume either a placebo or ketone ester drink, then will be asked to perform cognitive testing measures while hooked up to a mask similar to one used by tactical aviators through which they will breathe a level of oxygen equivalent to that found at 20,000 feet elevation
Evaluating Potential Benefits of Intranasal Oxytocin on Undersea Operator Training and Performance: Hyperoxic Swim-Induced Oxidative Stress and Inflammation
Description: This study will test whether intranasal oxytocin will mitigate attenuate system and skeletal muscle stress and inflammation induced by a resistance swim and exposure to elevated oxygen levels simulating undersea military operation. Over a 12-14 day period, subjects will attend 7 laboratory visits, utilize oxytocin or placebo, and perform one resistance exercise swim.
Evaluating Potential Benefits of Intranasal Oxytocin on Undersea Operator Training and Performance: Cold Water Task Performance and Recovery
Description: This study will examine the effect of oxytocin on physical performance in the context of cold water exposure. Participants will be asked to sit in a cold tub of 50° F water while performing eye tracking and manual dexterity assessments. Participants will also be asked to perform physical tasks of a weighted treadmill ruck and a simulated ladder climb following the cold water exposure. Study participation will take place over the course of about three weeks and require three visits. The study will require a time commitment of approximately 10 hours total.