Dr Ollie Jay
BSc (Hons) [Loughborough University]; PhD [Loughborough University]; FACSM
Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science
C43K - K Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
Ollie received his PhD from Loughborough University in 2002. Ollie was Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and an Assistant/Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in Canada from 2008-2013. In January 2014, Ollie joined the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Sydney. His research activities primarily focus on developing a better understanding of the physiological and physical factors that determine human heat strain during work and/or physical activity, as well as among the general population during heat waves. To date, Ollie has published 54 peer-reviewed journal articles and has received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, National Football League (NFL) Charities, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario, and the US National Academy of Sciences. He is also presently the Chair of the ACSM Environmental and Occupational Physiology Interest Group, and was recently a featured science session keynote speaker at the 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting. Ollie's research has also featured in articles/interviews for the New York Times, BBC, CBC, NPR, 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 PhD and 4 MSc students at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
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)
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
- 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).
- 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; Children's 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; Children's 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; Children's 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.