Pentagon Funds UC Altitude Research

April 13, 2011

photo: Altitude Research Center

The University of Colorado's Altitude Research Center has new funding from the Pentagon -- $4 million in grants to study the effects of high altitude and look for ways to help U.S. troops adapt to high-elevation conditions in Afghanistan or wherever they're sent.  Rob Roach is the center's director. He's interviewed troops who found themselves lugging heavy packs above 10,000 feet, with no time to adjust.  And he's spent hours in simulated high altitude, in the university's laboratory.  Dr. Roach talks with Colorado Public Radio's Mike Lamp.