The Education Department of the Euro-Mediterranean University is pleased to announce the second of two lectures at EMUNI this April.

Dr. Damir ZUBAC, soon to be appointed to the title Assistant Professor by EMUNI, will deliver his lecture on Thursday, 22 April at 12.30 CET titled Spleen Contraction and its Role in Oxygen Transport During Exercise and Apnea.

The talk aims to present the ongoing debate in literature regarding the role of the spleen in oxygen transport. Previous work suggests that the human spleen plays an important role in enhancing O2 transport, especially during apnea and high-altitude exposures. However, this is not a universal finding, especially during exercise, where some authors observed no changes in skeletal muscle oxygenation or performance outcomes. The objective of the presentation is to therefore, critically evaluate previous results and to discuss the most recent findings on the magnitude of spleen contraction and its involvement in oxygen transport under various scenarios, including apnea, and exercise in the healthy active population.

Damir Zubac, Ph.D. in Kinesiology, is a Research Fellow in Human Physiology at the University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology in Croatia and member of the research group of the Institute for Kinesiology Research at the Science and Research Center Koper in Slovenia. His work is focused on human movement and exercise physiology. He received “The Youth Research of the Year Award” in 2017 in Croatia, as well as the “Rector’s Award” for exceptional academic achievements in 2016/2017 at the University of Split. Dr. Zubac was also nominated among the five best youth candidates in the world to participate in the prestige “Pitch your Science!” contest at the 10th Annual Hydration for Health Scientific Conference in France in June 2018. Over the last few years, he has undergone extensive laboratory training in Slovenia, Israel, and France. In 2018, he received a postdoctoral grant from the Slovenian national research agency for a postdoctoral project on the effects of variable load exercise on neuromuscular function, metabolism, and blood pressure regulation in the healthy adult population.

To register as an attendee for this online lecture on 22 April at 12.30 CET, go to:  Registration link