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Extrem Physiol Med. 2012 Nov 7;1(1):10. doi: 10.1186/2046-7648-1-10.

Career perspectives of Michael N. Sawka.

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  • Thermal & Mountain Medicine Division, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Kansas Street, Natick, MA 01760-5007, USA. Michael.Sawka@amedd.army.mil.


This invited autobiography reviews the career of Michael N. Sawka. Influences: Dr. Sawka soon will retire after a 40-year research career and was influenced by great professors, mentors and colleagues. Career Path: After working at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center and Wright State University, Dr. Sawka's remaining 32 years were at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Research Story: His primary research thrusts included: 1) physiology of upper body exercise; 2) blood volume and its impact on thermoregulation and performance; 3) hydration and its impact on thermoregulation and performance 4) heat stress physiology - adaptations / maladaptations and performance.


His career highlights were the personal interactions, intellectual excitement and satisfaction of producing knowledge that will be "tested by time".

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