Gordon Giesbrecht

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Gordon Giesbrecht, Ph.D. (nicknamed Dr. Popsicle) is a physiologist who operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba in Canada.


  • 1985 B.P.E. University of Manitoba
  • 1986 M.P.E. University of Manitoba
  • 1990 Ph.D. University of Manitoba, Dept. of Medicine
  • 1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary
  • 2010 B.Th., Horizon College & Seminary

Research Interests

Dr. Giesbrecht operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine where he studies human responses to exercise/work in extreme environments. He has conducted hundreds of cold water immersion studies that have provided valuable information about cold stress physiology and pre-hospital care for human hypothermia. Other research interests include human physical and mental performance in other stresses such as altitude (hypoxia) and diving (hypobaria).

Webinar on Cold Water Swimming

Susan Simmons, Gordon Giesbrecht, Ph.D., and Brian Hunt, Ph.D. talk about cold water swimming, organized by the Vancouver Open Water Swimming Association

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