Dr. Dituri did not slow down when he retired from the Navy after 28 years of active service. Fuelled by his passion for exploration, discovery, adventure, and making the greatest possible positive contribution to the world, he is fighting for change in a big way.
As Dr. Deep Sea. Dr. Dituri dedicates much of his time to inspiring and empowering kids. He says, “They are the next, next generation. They are the ones that are going to carry the torch. These kids are going to save the planet. And it’s my job to help them start taking care of the planet.”
As president of the Undersea Oxygen Clinic, Dr. Dituri has applied his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering to the development of a breakthrough treatment for healing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and the related symptoms of PTSD, depression, and long-term mental and physical impairments.
Dr. Dituri is exploring for answers to the question, “How well humans survive in an isolated confined environment?”
In addition to The Neptune 100 Project, in mid-September 2023, Dr. Dituri will “enjoy” a flight on a modified airliner to experience zero gravity multiple times.
It’s all part of his dream to become a civilian astronaut and travel into space by 2026.
As a Director of the International Board of Undersea Medicine and in partnership with the Marine Resources Development Foundation Marine Lab, Dr. Dituri is on a 100-day adventure in the Jule’s Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, FL. Called the Neptune 100 Day Undersea Mission, the work Dr. Dituri is undertaking will further medical research, ocean conservation, and technical development.
The ancients believed they were the adult-form of the small fish we call the “sea-horse”. Hippokampoi were the mounts of Nereid nymphs and sea-gods, and Poseidon drove a chariot drawn by two or four of the creatures.
They are known as the workhorse of the ocean. Dr. Deep Sea says, “I am like that; I am a workhorse underwater and on land when it comes to exploring and succeeding at all of my missions.”
Medically speaking, the hippocampus is a complex brain structure embedded deep into temporal lobe. It has a major role in learning and memory and is vulnerable to a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
It is also somewhat shaped like a sea horse!
Some of Dr. Dituri’s many other projects and influential activities include:
And he’s always up for a challenge! Dr. Dituri enjoys skydiving, skiing, and practically anything that challenges him to go out of his comfort zone and beyond.