Dr. Giesbrecht operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine where he studies human responses to exercise/work in extreme environments. He has conducted hundreds of cold water immersion studies that have provided valuable information about cold stress physiology and pre-hospital care for human hypothermia. Other research interests include human physical and mental performance in other stresses such as altitude (hypoxia) and diving (hypobaria).
1. Sran, BJ, GK McDonald, AM Steinman, PF Gardiner and GG Giesbrecht. Comparison of heat donation through the head or torso on mild hypothermia rewarming. Wild Environ Med. 2014; 25;4-13.
2. Brändström Helge, Göran Johansson, Gordon G Giesbrecht, Karl-Axel Angquist, Michael F Haney. Accidental cold-related injury leading to hospitalization in northern Sweden: an eight-year retrospective analysis. Scand J Trauma Resuscitation and Emerg Med (Impact Factor: 1.68). 01/2014; 22(1):6. DOI:10.1186/1757-7241-22-6
3. Henriksson O, Lundgren P, Kulkarni, K, Holmer I, Giesbrecht G, Naredi P, Bjornstig U. Protection against cold in prehospital care – the effect on thermoregulation by wet clothing removal or addition of a vapour barrier in shivering subjects. Wilderness Environ Med. (In press)
4. Zafren, K, Giesbrecht GG, et al. Wilderness Medical Society Consensus Guidelines for Out-of-hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia. Wild Environ Med. (In Press)
5. Kumar P, McDonald GK, Chitkara R, Steinman AM, Gardiner PF, Giesbrecht GG. Comparison of Distal Limb Warming with Fluidotherapy and Warm Water Immersion. Wilderness Environ Med. (In press)
210 Active Living Centre | Lab: 211
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Dr. Giesbrecht's Office Phone: 204-474-8646
Please email me at email@example.com to discuss current available opportunities.
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Authored by Gordon G. Giesbrecht, PhD and James A. Wilkerson, MD
State of Alaska Guidelines for Treatment of Cold Injuries (2003):
Dr. Giesbrecht participated in an expert panel that revised the Cold Injury Guidelines that provide a standard of care for many Emergency Medical Services and Hospital Groups. Download Guidelines (PDF)
Marathons on Ice - Lake Winnipeg 2004:
In Jan. 2004, Dr. Giesbrecht hauled a sled on a solo expedition of Lake Winnipeg that covered 450 kms in 26 days.
One Million Steps Winter Research Expedition on Lake Winnipeg (2001):
In Feb. 2001, five men hauled sleds the length of Lake Winnipeg in a Scientific Winter Expedition that covered 450 kms in 19 days.