Exploring the Cognitive and Electrophysiological Effects of Oxygen in Humans

Student: Wesley Vuong

Type of project: Basic, Translational, Mind and Body

Grant Type: Undergraduate

Year of Award: 2015, 2016

Supervisor: Dr. Dickson

Institutions Affiliated: University of Alberta

Description: Oxygen is used during, before and after surgery in an attempt to regulate and minimize damage from anesthetics. Additionally, hyperoxic conditions have been associated with elevated cognitive abilities, however these effects have yet to be related to brain activity. This project seeks to address this gap by using EEG recordings in tandem with cognitive assessments under hyper, hypo, and normal oxygen conditions. The implications of this project apply to both clinical use of oxygen in surgical settings as well as using oxygen as its own neuroCAM therapy.