The Hypoxia Physiopathology (HP2) laboratory of INSERM and Grenoble Alpes University has become in 15 years the French leader and one of the most recognized international groups in the field of research on hypoxia (condition corresponding to a lesser oxygen availability, such as at altitude or in some patients with respiratory diseases, for example emphysema ). The work of this team has led to many high-level scientific publications and have a strong social impact with in particular a significant impact in the field of altitude and people traveling or residing there for an extended or even permanently
Man has distinguished himself through time by his amazing ability to adapt to his living environment and the evolutions of the world in which he lives. Adaptation to the environment is one of the outstanding elements of human capabilities and a decisive contribution to the development of habitat on the planet as a whole. But while life in our developed societies may tend to be more and more sanitized, protected from the hazards of our environment and limiting the demands and adaptations of the human body (less physical activity, etc.), gigantic challenges such as climate change or the prospect of permanent exploration and human life beyond our planet earth (lunar base, space mission to Mars) will most probably require rediscovering and further developing the adaptation capabilities and limitations of the human to new environments, sometimes extreme.
Life at high altitude is in this context a real field of development of knowledge that will be an essential base to address the scientific, medical and societal challenges of the future