Have you ever wondered why airline safety videos tell you that, in case of emergency, to place your mask on first – before helping others?  Not only will this podcast answer this question – it will highlight why we get sick at high altitudes, how to treat altitude sickness, as well as discuss the paradox of oxygen sensing by our brain. 

Guest Panelists

Dr Farshad Alizadeh Mansouri obtained BSc. In Biology (Zoology), MSc. In Medical Physiology and PhD in Neurophysiology in 1997. He joined RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan) in 1997. He was promoted to a senior staff scientist position in 2002 and worked there until 2012. He joined the Physiology Department at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in October 2012. He is the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Monash University. His current research expands on his previous studies to investigate the structure and function of the prefrontal cortex. His main findings have been published as two research papers in Science magazine (2007 and 2009), one in PNAS (2015) and two articles in Nature Reviews Neuroscience (2009 and 2017). Farshad teaches Respiratory Physiology and Neuroscience at Department of Physiology, Monash University.

Topics Covered

  • Partial pressure of gases
  • Neural control of breathing
  • Altitude sickness

Links to Related Resources

Episode 11: Altitude Sickness
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