March 29, 2023

55-year-old scientist wants to break a record and live 100 days under water

Joseph Dituri / USF

The American scientist Joseph Dituri.

At the age of 55, American scientist Joseph Dituri wants to break a world record and live 100 days under water.

It was over 28 years as a diver in the United States Navy that the doctor in biomedical engineering Joseph Dituri, researcher and professor at the University of South Florida (USF), developed his passion for the deep sea. Nicknamed Dr. Deep Sea (Dr. Deep Sea), Dituri, from 55 years oldknows the marine environment like few others.

Last week, Dituri, who specializes in deep-sea diving, began one of the main challenges of his career: to spend a hundred days living underwater. During the period, you will they live in submerged dwellings at a depth of about nine meters in Key Largo, Florida.

Dituri wants to break the world record for the longest time spent underwater, set in 2014 by two researchers from the University of Tennessee who 73 days have passed in the same lodge, called the Submarine Lodge of Jules.

“But that’s not the most important part,” Dituri said at a news conference when he introduced the project, which began on March 1. Throughout the period under water, will conduct research on health, the marine environment and new technologiesin addition to they continue to teach at the university, in online courses.

The project is an opportunity to investigate how long-term exposure to increased pressure underwater affects the human body.

The physical and mental effects of staying for such a long time in the underwater environment will be monitored by a medical team of ten professionals, who will make regular visits to the accommodation and subject Dituri to a series of tests, including blood tests, an ultrasound and an electrocardiogram. , including.

The scientist has already undergone a “load” of physical and psychological tests in preparation for the challenge and will continue to be monitored after the end to study the long-term effects. He will also be periodically evaluated by psychologists and psychiatrists, who will document the mental impact of spending so much time in confinement.

“The human body has never been under water for so long, like this I will be watched closely”, emphasizes Dituri. “This study is going to look at all the ways this trip might affect my body, but my hypothesis is this there will be an improvement in my health due to the increased pressure.”

Dituri plans to build on the findings of an earlier study, by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, which suggested that greater pressure from the underwater environment could have a beneficial effect on long life and up prevention of diseases related to aging.

In addition to health research, the project will also include testing new technologies, including an artificial intelligence tool to scan the human body for disease and determine necessary medication.

The researcher intends to receive in his accommodation the visiting other scientists and students, for short periods of time up to 24 hours, for studies and discussions on the conservation and protection of the marine environment. also they will receive groups of children with partners, and says one of his goals is to inspire new generations of scientists.

Details of discussions with other scientists and their routines will be published on a YouTube channel and social networks.

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