Nicholas Ravanelli

PhD, CSEP-CEP
Assistant Professor

Department: 
Email: 
nravanel@lakeheadu.ca
Office Hours: 
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Academic Qualifications: 

BSc - University of Ottawa

PhD - University of Ottawa

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Université de Montréal / Montréal Heart Institute

Date joined Lakehead: 
August 2020
Research Interests: 

As an avid endurance athlete, Dr. Ravanelli's research pursuit stems from his curiosity of how the human body has the capacity to maintain homeostasis during prolonged exercise in the heat.  Dr. Ravanelli's graduate and post-doctoral work focused on the thermoregulatory and cardiovascular responses to active and passive heat stress. By understanding the underlying mechanisms for how humans respond to exercise and heat, we can better predict the risk of heat-related illness in vulnerable populations; devise evidence-based cooling strategies to preserve health, quality of life, and performance within occupational or athletic settings; and exploit the beneficial effects of heat stress to improve health and well-being across the lifespan. To this end, Dr. Ravanelli has the following research objectives:

  • Advance the understanding of fundamental thermoregulatory control mechanisms
  • Information technology and applications to mitigate heat-related illness
  • Understand the impact of comorbidities on thermoregulatory function during heat stress

Select Publications:

  1. Ravanelli N, Imbeault P, Jay O. Steady-state sweating during exercise is determined by the evaporative requirement for heat balance independently of absolute core and skin temperatures. The Journal of Physiology 598: 2607–2619, 2020.
  2. Bongers CCWG, Haaf DSM ten, Ravanelli N, Eijsvogels TMH, Hopman MTE. Core Temperature and Sweating in Men and Women During a 15-km Race in Cool Conditions. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 1: 1–6, 2020.
  3. Ravanelli N, Coombs GB, Imbeault P, Jay O. Maximum skin wettedness after aerobic training with and without heat acclimation. Med Sci Sports Exerc 50: 299–307, 2018.
  4. Ravanelli N, Casasola W, English T, Edwards KM, Jay O. Heat stress and fetal risk. Environmental limits for exercise and passive heat stress during pregnancy: a systematic review with best evidence synthesis. Br J Sports Med 53: 799–805, 2019.
  5. Ravanelli NM, Havenith G, Hodder S, Jay O. Heart rate and body temperature responses to extreme heat and humidity with and without electric fans. JAMA 313: 724–725, 2015.

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