Dr Ollie Jay
BSc (Hons) [Loughborough University]; PhD [Loughborough University]; FACSM
Senior Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science
C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
Ollie is a Senior Lecturer in Thermoregulatory Physiology, and Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. Prior to moving to Australia in January 2014, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada (2008-2013). Originally from the UK, he obtained his PhD in Thermal Physiology from Loughborough University in 2002, which was then followed 4½ years of international postdoctoral research experience at Simon Fraser University (2003-05) and the University of Ottawa (2005-08). His research activities primarily focus on developing a better understanding of the physiological and physical factors that determine human heat strain and the associated risk of heat-related health problems during work and/or physical activity, as well as among the general population during heat waves. To date, he has a total of 70+ peer-reviewed research publications in international journals (50+ as senior author), and has received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the National Football League (NFL), the US National Academy of Sciences, and MS Research Australia, and several industry partners. Ollie is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and Chair of the ACSM Environmental and Occupational Physiology interest group (since 2011). He was the Canadian representative for the International Standards Organization (ISO) subcommittee for physical environments, and has been a keynote speaker at several international conference including the ICEE (2011), ACSM annual meeting (2013), Aspetar Heat Conference (2014) and INSEP conference (2015). He has active research collaborations within Australia, Canada, USA, UK and Qatar, and his research has featured in articles/interviews for the New York Times, BBC, ABC, CBC, NPR, Sydney Morning Herald, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Channel and Scientific American.
Ollie is a member of the Exercise Physioloy and Nutrition research team within the Exercise, Health and Performance Faculty research group.
Primary research interests:
- Assessing and understanding thermoregulatory impairments in specific populations (e.g. children, MS patients, obese)
- Cooling/survival interventions for at-risk groups during heat waves
- Biothermal modeling
- Heat stroke prevention in workers and athletes
- Pediatric temperature management
- The development of international standards
Teaching and supervision
Ollie is presently the primary supervisor for 1 post-doc, and 4 PhD, 1 MSc and 1 BSc (Hons) students. He is also associate supervisor for 2 other PhD students.
On-going projects include:
- Developing new methods for assessing differences in thermoregulatory responses in clinical groups during exercise
- Assessing the efficacy of low-cost and green energy cooling interventions during extreme heat events
- Identifying the location of independent thermoreceptors regulating sudomotor output in the gastrointestinal tract
- The true influence of running economy and aerobic fitness on thermoregulatory responses during treadmill running
- The interaction between hypoxia and thermoregulatory control
- Quantifying neonatal heat balance in neonates nursed under a radiant warmer in an NICU
- Does body fat independently alter the regulation of core temperature and sweating during exercise?
- Multiple Sclerosis and thermoregulatory responses during exercise
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- American Physiological Society (APS): Exercise and Environmental Physiology Section Member.
- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists (CSEP)
- Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada
Awards and honours
- Awarded Tenure: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa (April, 2013)
- 2011/12 Young Researcher Excellence Award (Pure and Applied Sciences) – Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
- Nominated for 2012 University of Ottawa Young Researcher of the Year Award
- Nominated for 2012 American Physiology Society New Investigator Award (EEP Section)
- Nominated for 2011 Canada Capital Region Educator of the Year Award
- Appointed Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (April 2014)
Exercise, Health and Performance
PhD and master's project opportunities
- Reducing the Risk of Heat-related Morbidity and Mortality during Extreme Heat Events
- Obesity and Risk of Overheating during Physical Activity in the Heat
- Human heat acclimation for sporting events in different environments
- Body temperature regulation during pregnancy
- Are children at an elevated risk of overheating during exercise in the summer?
- Heat wave survival strategies for the elderly
- Preventing Heat Exhaustion in Professional Tennis (able-bodied and wheelchair)
- Cooling interventions for Multiple Sclerosis Patients in the Heat
- Assessing thermoregulatory deficits of trained individuals with a spinal cord injury exercising in the heat; Jay O, Pumpa K, McLellan C, Vaile J, Thompson K, Forsyth P; Collaborative Research Network for Advancing Exercise & Sports Science (CRN-AESS)/Research Capacity Building Seeding Grant Scheme.
- Novel assessment of body temperature regulation in MS patients performing physical activity in the heat; Davis S, Jay O; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).
- Faculty Fellowship Readiness Scheme; Jay O; University of Sydney/Faculty Fellowship Readiness Scheme.
- Identifying Optimal Cooling Strategies for Vulnerable Individuals in a Heatwave; Jay O; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.
- Healthy aging in a changing climate: Heat wave survival, critical biomarkers and simple interventions; Edwards K, Fiatarone Singh M, Jay O, Shaman J, Engeland C; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
- A novel assessment of body temperature regulation in MS patients performing physical activity in the heat; Jay O, Barnett M, Hoang P, Davis S, Cobley S; Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia/Incubator Grant.
- Assessing a novel liner for the suppression of sweat rate; Jay O; Össur HF/Research Support.
- Hypoxia Chamber for Studying Thermoregulatory and Metabolic Functions in Humans; Jay O; NSERC/Research Tools and Instruments Grant.
- Thermoregulation in hot environments; Jay O; University of Ottawa/Vice-President of Research Office Grant.
- Is thermoregulation impaired in MS patients during exercise in the heat?; Jay O; Kuzell Institute/Seed Grant.
- Neonatal heat balance: Dept. of General Surgery; Jay O, Chou S; Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario/Equipment Seed Grant.
- From Birth to Adulthood: Understanding Human/Environmental Heat Exchange and Preventing Thermoregulatory Catastrophe; Jay O; NSERC/Discovery Grant.
- Investigating the individual variability in heat stress response in football players during a summer training camp; Jay O, Coris E, Casa D; National Football League (NFL)/Medical Research Grant.
- Influence of aerobic fitness on body temperature regulation; Jay O; University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences/Research Development Program Grant (Matched Program).
- Influences of body morphology on non-invasive core temperature measurements in neonates and infants; Jay O, Chou S; Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario/Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Equipment Seed Grant.
- Thermoregulation in hot environments; Jay O; University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences/Equipment Grant.
- Improving non-invasive core temperature monitoring in infants and neonates; Jay O, Chou S; Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario/Faculty of Health Sciences Partnership Research Grant.
- Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit; Jay O, Kenny G; Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)/Leaders opportunity Fund Infrastructure Grant.
- Measuring heat stress exposure of workers in deep mechanized mines; Jay O, Kenny G; Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario/Research Grant.