30th March 2017
"The team travel on the 18th of June to Chacaltaya Mountain and will be researching the effects of low blood oxygen on the body – from the body’s clotting response, to how immune cells adapt, how vision and cognition is affected, and how a person’s personality affects their perception of altitude sickness.
Results from this new and exciting research could affect not only the wellbeing of the millions of lowlanders ascending to altitude each year, but also the many patients who suffer from conditions of low blood oxygen, such as those in intensive care, asthmatics and COPD sufferers.
As senior medical student organisers, we also hope to inspire young students to get involved in research in these extreme environments, whilst exposing others to the exciting specialty of Expedition Medicine!
After the expedition, a small team of us will prepare for and undertake a summit attempt of Huascaran Sur, the tallest mountain in the Cordillera Blanca range of the Andes, and indeed of Peru, standing at 6,746m."
Rebecca Dru and the team of Edinburgh medical students who will take on the challenges of the expedition.