Travis Gibbons

Dr. Travis Gibbons’ research revolves around how the brain responds to environmental and energetic challenges, primarily thermal, exercise, gravity, hypoxia and fasting/starvation. His primary focus is in how oxygen delivery to the brain is regulated, and how changes in brain blood flow affect other highly regulated variables such as brain temperature, brain energetics, intracranial pressure and cognition.

Travis has additional interest in exploiting these stressors to better understand how they can be harnessed to promote beneficial adaptation for both health and performance. He also has particular interest in understanding neurodegenerative processes, and how exercise, fasting, cold therapy and heat therapy may be used to delay neurocognitive decline with aging, and improve resilience from acute brain injury.

Travis received his MSc at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Richard Hughson, and his PhD at the University of Otago under the supervision of Jim Cotter.

For an up-to-date list of publications by Travis, please see his profile on the University of Otago.