My name is Matt Gaidica,
I’m a adventure neuroscientist.
[What if an adventure holds the cure?]
I research Parkinson’s disease as a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Michigan. I’m curious how extreme environments might inform therapies or model neurological disorders.
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 by Pacific Standard Magazine
When an Entrepreneur Becomes a Neuroscientist by HIPPO Reads
Engineering background led graduate into a new arena—brain research by Kettering University
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile (December 2015)
During this trip to Patagonia I will be a trekking the 52 mile, “full circuit” of the Torres del Paine National Park. I will be correlating blood oxygen levels with locomotion and heart rate. This expedition will establish new data collection protocols.
IRONMAN 70.3, San Juan, Puerto Rico (March 2016)
In addition to the triathlon, I’ll be hiking the El Yunque National Forest on the eastern edge of the archipelago. The goal is to summit the tallest peak in this region, Pico El Toro, reaching just over 1000 meters.
Saint Petersburg – Moscow, Russia (May 2016)
I will begin in Saint Petersburg for the 23rd annual Neuroscience Stress and Behavior conference where I’ll be presenting a poster, Autonomous Nanosatellite Bioimaging in Low Earth Orbit, based on my collaboration with the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Next, I’ll travel to Moscow and spend time in the Losiny Ostrov National Park, one of the first established national parks in Russia.
Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan (TBD)
Bhutan is a Buddhist nation on the Himalayas’ eastern edge known for being one of the happiest places on Earth. I’m seeking support to study oscillatory brain activity that might be relevant to diseased brain states during a high altitude ascent and periods of acclimatization. Over two weeks, data will be collected at altitudes ranging from 2,200 meters to nearly 5,000 meters.