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Career perspective: Paolo Cerretelli

Paolo Cerretelli

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Istituto di Bioimmagini e Fisiologia Molecolare del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (C.N.R.), via Fratelli Cervi, 93, Segrate, Milan 20090, Italy

Extreme Physiology & Medicine 2013, 2:13  doi:10.1186/2046-7648-2-13

Published: 25 April 2013


This article is an autobiographical account of my career as a human physiologist. I have spent 55 years traversing mountains, continents, seas, and skies, carrying out research in the laboratories of several international institutions as well as in the field. My scientific roots, approach to the mountains and altitude populations, both in Europe and in Asia, together with an account of my experimental studies at altitude, including extreme conditions, shall be presented together with pertinent occasional reflections of a personal nature.

High altitude; Acute and chronic hypoxia; Chemoreflexogenic ventilatory drive; V′O2max; Anaerobic glycolysis; Cardiac output; Skeletal muscle; Muscle proteomics; Tibetans vs. Caucasians