13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
“Everest: Going To Extremes for Medical Research” explores how a high-altitude scientific adventure is uncovering
cutting-edge treatments to save lives back home.
This panel talk/discussion explores the physiology of high-altitude survival and the work of Xtreme Everest 2 - a group of intensive care doctors, nurses and scientists from UCL’s Centre of Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment (CASE Medicine) who are going to extremes for critical illness.
The panel discussion will be led by Greg Foot & Nick Insley - two science communicators joining the trip to Everest Base Camp in April and providing all the educational outreach for the project. They'll use elements of their one-hour live show to bring the science & medical research alive in an interactive way. They'll also invite a couple of other members of the team (this depends on availability, but could include Professor Hugh Montgomery, Dr Dan Martin - Expedition Leader for XE2, Dr Ned Gilbert - Research Leader for XE2, Dr Mark Peter - Young Everest Leader).
This panel talk/discussion will focus on how altitude effects physiology, especially focussing on hypoxia. XE2's cutting edge research is looking at how and why hypoxia effects some people but not others, with the aim to develop new treaments for their critically ill patients in ICUs back home. The talk/discussion will also touch on the equipment and survival techniques used in high-altitude expeditions and the genetics of fitness.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?: