Current Research

N95 Masks, Facial Hair, and Reuse


The EMPU has recently finished a study looking at the efficiency of the N95 facial mask in relation to facial hair and face shape. Recently the findings have been summarized in an article here. If you would like a copy of the full report, please send a request to Sherri Ferguson at 

We have also included the latest studies on how to effectively disinfect a mask for reuse below.

Hypoxia & Cognition

Evan is currently working on completing his M.Sc in the department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. He is interested in how hypoxia effects cognition, and the differences between normobaric and hypobaric hypoxia. More specifically, he is using an EEG to measure brain activity during an attention task while the participant is hypoxic. He is also measuring blood flow to the brain, oxygen saturation levels,blood pressure, and the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled during the task. He hopes that his experiment will help in our understanding of how cognition and blood flow to the brain are impacted by hypoxia.

If you would like to be a participant for his study you can contact him at