Professor Philip Ainsley
University of British Columbia
Phil Ainslie is Professor of Human Physiology and the Co-director for the Centre of Heart Lung and Vascular Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research program aims to better understand the mechanisms regulating brain blood flow in health, disease and during environmental stress. His diverse expertise in assessing cerebrovascular function during physiological scenarios ranging from sleep to exercise, the stresses of high altitude to deep-sea diving, and healthy aging to heart disease, has made him an international authority on brain vascular function.
His work in cerebrovascular physiology and pathology encompasses the lifespan, with clinical focus on spinal cord injury, lung disease and ischemic brain injuries. Phil has published >300 peer-reviewed scientific articles with >12k citations, h-index of >50 and i10 of >200 (Google Scholar). He has recently co-authored two textbooks in the area of environmental physiology, including the 6th Edition of the textbook High-Altitude Medicine and Physiology. In addition to mechanistic laboratory-based experiments he leads regular field expeditions, including various outreach initiatives, to high altitude to study acclimatization and adaptation with particular focus on indigenous populations located in the mountainous regions of Tibet, South America and Ethiopia. Phil has won numerous national and international awards for his research and sits on various senior international scientific leadership and advisory groups. He also currently co-organizes a number of international conferences related to environmental physiology. Phil continues to maintain a healthy balance in life with a keen interest in ultra-endurance trail running and various forms of climbing and water-based activities.