The center research targets physiological challenges faced during the exploration of environmental extremes from ocean depths to space exploration. Diving related research includes:
- Research on human diving and altitude physiology including the mechanisms of immersion pulmonary edema, and, respiratory mechanics and gas exchange at non-standard pressures.
- Evidenced based diagnosis and treatment of decompression sickness and arterial gas embolization.
- Decompression sickness risk assessment for differing decompression algorithms.
- Non-clinical (laboratory) diagnosis of decompression illness.
The center faculty also conduct bench research, epidemiological research and clinical trials related to:
- Human diseases treated with hyperbaric oxygen including: necrotizing infections, osteoradionecrosis of the jaw, soft tissue radionecrosis and bisphosphonate associated osteonecrosis of the jaw.
- The molecular biology of metabolic gases (O2, CO NO).
- The clinical and molecular biology of wound healing.
- Treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning.