Peter Brian Bennett
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology

The F.G. Hall Hypo-Hyperbaric Center, of which I am Senior Director, is interested in research encompassing basic, applied and clinical aspects of the effects of both increased pressures and altitude. The research is designed: (1) to assist in maintaining the health and safety of individuals required to work under such conditions, (2) to define the mechanisms of neurological, respiratory, and circulatory functions using pressure change as the probe, and (3) to explore the mechanisms by which hyperbaric oxygen exerts beneficial effects in certain disease states. Current studies involve the pathophysiology and epidemiology of decompression sickness, with work on bubble formation and its measurement; toxic and therapeutic effects of hyperbaric oxygen and hypoxia; physiological regulation of tissue oxygen concentration and oxidant damage produced by reactive oxygen species in the lung, brain and other tissues. This multidepartmental Center also has a busy clinical program of patients treated by hyperbaric oxygen and is the Center for the National and International Divers Alert Network dealing with sports diving medicine and physiology.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • 21 West Colony Pl, Suite 280, Durham, NC 27705-5588
  • Box 3927 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

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