Trailblazing researchers bring results down from the mountain

Greg DuManoir, Okanagan College professor of human kinetics stands outside the Pyramid Laboratory near the Everest 2012 base camp.
Image Credit: University Relations, Okanagan College

Findings of a trailblazing UBC Mount Everest research expedition into the effects of chronic oxygen deprivation and changes in blood flow will be the topic presented at an upcoming panel discussion at Okanagan College's Penticton campus.


Global scientist joined the team last May for the Everest 2012 research project using themselves as study subjects measuring cardiopulmonary, cerebrovascular and neurocognitive health effects of acute mountain sickness and sleep apnea. The study notes many chronic conditions such as stroke, heart attack and respiratory failure share similar symptoms and characteristics.


"Research at high altitude provides an excellent means to examine physiological adaptation to chronic reductions in the pressure of oxygen," says Philip Ainslie, UBC's Okanagan campus researcher of the year and Canada Research Chair in cerebrovascular physiology. "Results of the studies have the potential to substantially improve our understanding of biological adaptation to chronic hypoxia."


Ainslie will be joined by faculty members and students who were part of the venture.


The meeting takes place Nov. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ashnola Building Lecture Theatre, Room PL107 at Okanagan College, 583 Duncan Ave. West, Penticton.

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