Dr. Samuel Vergès studied Sport Sciences and Exercise Physiology in the Grenoble University, France. In 2003 he received his PhD in Exercise Physiology following his work dealing with respiratory abnormalities in endurance athletes under the supervision of Prof Levy. Afterwards, he spent 3 years in Zurich, Switzerland, in Prof Boutellier and Dr Spengler's Lab within the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Zurich University. In 2007, Dr. Vergès was back in France in the Grenoble University Hospital as a research assistant. In 2009 he was recruited as a senior scientist in the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). He is now working in Grenoble within the "Hypoxia-Physiopathology Laboratory" (HP2 laboratory, U1042 INSERM) whose director is Prof Levy, where he is leading research projects on neuromuscular function and hypoxia.
Dr. Vergès first research experiences were focused on exercise testing in cross-country skiers emphasizing the need to perform field tests in these athletes. His PhD work dealt with respiratory abnormalities in endurance athletes, including bronchial dysfunction, ventilatory limitations and exercise-induced hypoxemia as potential factors responsible for exercise performance limitation. During his Post-doc in Switzerland, Dr. Vergès performed exhaustive researches on respiratory muscle fatigue during exercise and its impact on exercise performance; he also evaluated the impact of respiratory muscle training on exercise response and performance in heathy subject. Back in France, he performed several clinical studies evaluating the impact of respiratory muscle training in patients. He also used magnetic nerve stimulation as a powerful tool to investigate neuromuscular fatigue under various settings. He develops an integrative and translational approach with the aim to better understand the role of neuromuscular fatigue (respiratory/locomotor muscles, peripheral/central mechanisms) in exercise performance limitation both in healthy subjects and in patients. Dr. Vergès is now leading research projects investigating the effect of hypoxia on the neuromuscular function in heathy subjects exposed to hypoxic environments and in hypoxemic patients. Dr. Vergès's work has lead to 30 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and received several national and international prices.