Taking blood for a Vitamin D study
Taking blood for a Vitamin D study (Photo: Jenny Sheridan)
Steriliser and laboratory

Antarctica is a unique natural laboratory. In addition to their health care responsibilities, many Antarctic medical practitioners use their time in Antarctica to participate in research. Multidisciplinary research carried out by past doctors includes environmental physiology, nutrition, metabolism, epidemiology, immunology, microbiology and behavioural studies.

To browse for relevant publications, please search our Publications database for Human Biology and Medicine in the Program area drop down menu.

Research is sanctioned by such bodies as the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Union of Circumpolar Health (IUCH) and subsidiary groups such as the SCAR Working Group on Human Biology and Medicine.