Heather Wright Beatty

 

Roles and responsibilities

Human factors physiology researcher with a background in thermal, environmental, and neuroendocrine physiology. 

Current research and/or projects

Research contributions pertain to helicopter vibration mitigation for improved health and safety, microgravity motion sickness susceptibility and prevention, and flight related stress and fatigue.

Research and/or project statements

-Helicopter vibration exposure: physiological effects of vibration, benefits of rotor track and balance for vibration mitigation and aircrew health, recommendations for exposure standards related to seat-head acceleration relationship (impact for NATO HFM-252, MIL STD 1472, Canadian Forces)

-Long duration helicopter missions: relationship between fatigue, discomfort, and performance for the Canadian Forces

-Microgravity research: investigating susceptibility and prevention of motion sickness, collaborative physiological monitoring with the Canadian Space Agency and ISS/PoSSUM/Final Frontier Design, Astronaut familiarization

-Thermal physiology: aircrew/passenger comfort, spacesuit verification testing

-Telemedicine: effectiveness of surgical tele-mentoring in austere environments such as spaceflight

Education

Ph.D., Kinesiology and Health Sciences, York University (Defence Research and Development Canada-Toronto), 2009

M.Sc., Kinesiology, Dalhousie University, 2004

B.Ed., Junior/Intermediate (Chemistry), University of Ottawa, 2002

B.Sc., Kinesiology, Dalhousie University, 2001

Professional activities/interests

-Active member of the NATO HFM-252 Tasking Group, Aircrew Neck Strain, providing expertise in vibration mitigation for helicopter neck strain, electromyography standardization, and vibration exposure standards recommendations

-Active member of the Technical Panel 22 (TTCP) – Military Medicine: Human Resources and Performance Group – Aircrew Spinal Pain Mitigation providing expertise in vibration mitigation solutions for improved spinal health

-Member of the MIL STD 1472 Section 5.5.5 Vibration and Shock revisions committee where I provided a written section on the need to account for head/neck movement in the vibration exposure standard

-MSc/PhD Thesis Committee Member for 5 students, University of Ottawa, School of Human Kinetics

Affiliations

-University of Ottawa, Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Kinetics

-Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA)active member

-Women in Defence and Security

Awards

-NRC Aerospace Outstanding Singular Achievement Award: Human Rated Vibration Facility Development (2017)

-Appreciation of Dedication to Individual Readiness Section at Defence Research and Development Canada Toronto (2009)

-MITACS: Accelerate Internship Program (2012, 2013)

-Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: PGS Doctoral-3 (2004)

Certification/Licenses/Trades

-Ontario Teacher’s Certificate, Ontario College of Teacher’s (OCT), effective (06/2002)

-Human Subjects Research – Biomedical Research, CITI program, NASA (08/2017)

-Investigating Human Fatigue Factors: Fatigue in Aviation (11/2016)

-Controlled Goods and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (07/2014)

-NATO Secret Clearance (05/2014)

-George Washington University, School of Business, Managing Projects (01/2014)

-Canadian Airport Security Awareness Program (CASAP) National Level & Site Specific-Ottawa (10/2013)

-Delegated Medical Acts – Phlebotomy, IV Catheter Insertion (04/2006)

-Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service (02/1997)

-Lifesaving Society Bronze Examiner (11/1997)

-Lifesaving Society Instructor (03/1994)

-Canadian Red Cross Waters Safety Instructor (03/1994)

Inventions and patents

N/A

Key publications

  1. Wright Beatty, H.E., A. Law, J.R. Thomas, & V. Wickramasinghe (2018).  Amplified Pilot Head Acceleration and Neck Muscle Strain: Effective Vibration Mitigation.  Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, 89(6), 1-10.
  2. Law, A., J. Araujo, J. Keillor, H. Wright Beatty, S. Atluri, G. Craig, & R. Thomas.  An Integrated Physiological Monitoring System for Airborne and Laboratory Research.  National Research Council, Aerospace, Flight Research Laboratory, LTR-FRL-2017-0095.
  3. Wright Beatty, H.E. (2017).  Fatigue and Discomfort Factors Related to Performance of Rotary Wing Aircrew: A Review.  National Research Council, Aerospace, Flight Research Laboratory, LTR-FRL-2017-0039.
  4. Leicht, A.S., A.D. Flouris, A. Kaltsatou, A.J. Seely, C. Herry, H.E. Wright Beatty, & G.P. Kenny.  Age Alters Cardiac Autonomic Modulations during and following Exercise-Induced Heat Stress in Females.  Temperature, 5(2), 184-196.
  5. Farrell, P.S.E., G. Chafé, V. Cosman, G. Fusina, J.G. Hollands, T. Karakolis, & H.E. Wright Beatty (2017).  Interim Scientific Advice for Six RCAF Griffon Helicopter Aircrew Neck-Troubling Mitigating Solutions.  Defence Research & Development Canada – Toronto, L17-0116-1309, and National Research Council, Aerospace, Flight Research Laboratory, LTR-FRL-2017-0002.
  6. Walker, A., H.E. Wright Beatty, S. Zanetti, & V. Rattray (2017).  Improving Body Composition may Reduce the Immune and Inflammatory Responses of Firefighters Working in the Heat.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59(4), 377-383.
  7. Wright Beatty, H.E., A. Law, R. Thomas, U. Senarath Yapa, A. Prigli, M. Nejad Ensan, & V. Wickramasinghe (2016).  Effects of Vibration Level and a Vibration Mitigating Cushion on Neck Strain using a Human Rated Shaker Facility.  National Research Council, Aerospace, Flight Research Laboratory, LTR-FRL-2016-0069.
  8. Craig, G., H.E. Wright Beatty, M. Alexander, V. Wickramasinghe, & J. Keillor (2016).  Pilot Head and Whole Body Vibration in Response to Tuning the Track-and-Balance of a Bell 412 Main Rotor.  NRC, Aerospace, Flight Research Laboratory, LTR-FRL-2016-0071.
  9. Kirkpatrick, A.W., H. Tien, A.T. LaPorta, K. Lavell, J. Keillor, H.E. Wright Beatty, J.L. McKee, S. Brien, D. Roberts, J. Wong, C.G. Ball, & A. Beckett (2015).  The Marriage of Surgical Simulation and Tele-Mentoring for Damage Control Surgical Training of Operational First-Responders: A Pilot Study.  Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 79(5), 741-747.
  10. Wright Beatty, H.E., J.M. Keillor, S.G. Hardcastle, P. Boulay, & G.P. Kenny (2015).  Preservation of Cognitive Performance with Age during Exertional Heat Stress under Low and High Air Velocity.  BioMed Research International; Special Issue on Exercise Physiology, Cognitive Function, and Physiologic Alterations in Extreme Conditions, Volume 2015 (Article ID 619103), http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/619103.
  11. Wright Beatty, H.E., S.G. Hardcastle, P. Boulay, A. Flouris & G.P. Kenny (2015).  Increased Air Velocity Reduces Thermal and Cardiovascular Strain in Young and Older Males during Humid Exertional Heat Stress.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 12(9), 625-634.
  12. Wright Beatty, H.E., S.G. Hardcastle, P. Boulay, A. Flouris & G.P. Kenny (2015).  Increased Air Velocity Reduces Thermal and Cardiovascular Strain in Young and Older Males during Humid Exertional Heat Stress.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 12(9), 625-634.
  13. Flouris, A.D., H.E. Wright-Beatty, B.J. Friesen, D.J. Casa, & G.P. Kenny (2014).  Treatment of Exertional Heat Stress Developed during Low or Moderate Physical Work.  European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(12), 2551-2560.
  14. Wright-Beatty, H.E., S.G. Hardcastle, P. Boulay, J. Larose, & G.P. Kenny (2014).  Increased Air Velocity during Exercise in the Heat and Equal Reductions in Hydration Shifts and Interleukin-6 with Age.  European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(10), 2081-2092.
  15. Wright-Beatty, H.E., T.M. McLellan, J. Larose, R.J. Sigal, P. Boulay, & G.P. Kenny (2014).  Inflammatory Responses of Older Firefighters to Intermittent Exercise in the Heat. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(6), 1163-1174.
  16. Wright, H.E., T.M. McLellan, J. Larose, S.G. Hardcastle, P. Boulay, & G.P. Kenny (2014). Are Circulating Cytokine Responses to Exercise in the Heat Augmented in Older Men?  Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 39(2), 117-123.
  17. Wright, H.E., J. Larose, T.M. McLellan, S. Miller, P. Boulay, & G.P. Kenny (2013). Do Older Firefighters Show Long-Term Adaptations to Work in the Heat? Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 10(12), 705-715.
  18. Wright, H.E., J. Larose, T.M. McLellan, S.G. Hardcastle, P. Boulay, & G.P. Kenny (2014). Moderate-Intensity Intermittent Work in the Heat Results in Similar Low-Level Dehydration in Young and Older Males. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 11(3), 144-153.
  19. Wright, H.E., T.M. McLellan, B.J. Friesen, D.J. Casa, & G.P. Kenny (2012). Influence of Circulating Cytokines on Prolactin during Slow versus Fast Exertional Heat Stress followed by Active or Passive Recovery. Journal of Applied Physiology, 113(4), 574-583.
  20. Wright, H.E., T.M. McLellan, J.M. Stapleton, S.G. Hardcastle, & G.P. Kenny (2012). Cortisol and Interleukin-6 Responses during Intermittent Exercise in Two Different Hot Environments with Equivalent WBGT. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 9(4), 269-279.
  21. Wright, H.E., G.A. Selkirk, S.G. Rhind, & T.M. McLellan (2012). Peripheral Markers of Central Fatigue in Trained and Untrained during Uncompensable Heat Stress. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(3), 1047-1057.
  22. Wright, H.E., G.A. Selkirk, & T.M. McLellan (2010). HPA and SAS Responses to Increasing Core Temperature during Uncompensable Exertional Heat Stress in Trained and Untrained Males. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 108(5), 987-997.
  23. Selkirk, G.A., T.M. McLellan, H.E. Wright, & S.G. Rhind (2009). Expression of Intracellular Cytokines, HSP72, and Apoptosis in Monocyte Subsets during Exertional Heat Stress in Trained and Untrained Individuals. AJP: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 296(3), R575-586.
  24. Selkirk, G.A., T.M. McLellan, H.E. Wright, & S.G. Rhind (2008). Mild Endotoxemia, NF-kappaB Translocation, and Cytokine Increase during Exertional Heat Stress in Trained and Untrained Individuals. AJP: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 295(2), R611-623.
  25. Wright, H.E. & S.S. Cheung (2006). Cranial-Neck and Inhalation Rewarming Failed to Improve Recovery from Mild Hypothermia. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 77(4), 398-403.

Previous work experience

07/2015-Present             

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences – Human Kinetics
 

10/2009-08/2013             

Faculty of Health Sciences: Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Postdoctoral Fellow - Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit
 

2004-2009                           

Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto, ON

Doctoral Candidate/Research Assistant

Human Protection & Performance (Individual Readiness) Section
 

09/2005-12/2009                             

York University Kinesiology Teaching Assistant

Research Methods, Skilled Performance, Motor Learning, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biomechanics, Statistics

•Teaching labs, coordinating labs & TAs, course data/mark entry, tutoring
 

01-06/2007                         

Elkhorn Public School: After-School Program, North York, ON

•Organizing and running Primary and Junior Science Programs
 

11/2004-08/2009             

YMCA Fitness & Swimming Instructor/Lifeguard, North York, ON

 •Instructing aquatic fitness classes, examining Bronze Medallion/Cross candidates, and organizing/evaluating staff performance at in-services
 

03-08/2004                         

YWCA Lifeguard and Aquatics Coordinator, Halifax NS (06-08/2004)

•Hiring and training aquatics staff, pool operations and organization, pool/staff scheduling, chemical maintenance, pool rentals/lessons, public relations
 

09/2002-08/2004                             

Dalhousie University Kinesiology Research & Teaching Assistant

Physiology of Exercise, Introduction to Kinesiology, Research Methods, Principles of Skill Acquisition

•Teaching labs, tutoring students, marking labs/exams, research data entry & statistical analysis
 

03/2003-04/2004             

Halifax Regional School Board

Occasional Teacher for all grades

International experience and/or work

-NATO HFM-252 Tasking Group, Aircrew Neck Strain, 2015-2018

Heather Wright Beatty

Heather Wright Beatty

Associate Research Officer
Aerospace
1920 Research Private
Ottawa, Ontario K1V 2B1
Preferred language: English
Other(s): English
Telephone: 613-993-8427

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Expertise

Health, Biomonitoring, Hazard Identification, Environment and Human Health, Biomedical Experiments, Human Exposure Research, Health Sciences, Medical Technology, Simulation and Digital Health, Biomedical Data Science, Telemedicine, Remote Data Management, Virtual Assistants, Standards/Method Development, Human Health Risk Assessment, Sciences, Space sciences, Astronaut training, Space technology, Physiology, Scientific research, Transportation, Aviation