BMMS Science Day - Full Programme!

Posted by Jeremy Windsor on Sep 22, 2019

Finally it's here! Published below is the programme for the British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS) Science Day that's taking place in Bamford on Wednesday 13th November 2019. And what an eclectic programme it is too! We've scientists, clinicians and researchers from across the UK speaking on a wide range of fascinating topics. From the latest research on the way the brain, heart and GI tract behave at high altitude, to the evidence behind recent developments in mountain rescue techniques and training. We've also got talks on the evolution of MEDEX's highly popular "Travel at High Altitude" booklet and the science that underpins the climbing of Pik Lenin, a 7134m giant that lies on the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan!

The German translation of "Travel At High Altitude". The booklet is now available in 16 languages and has been downloaded more than 25,000 times. "Travel at High Altitude" can be found here.

If all this wasn't enough, we've posters and short presentations on a diverse range of subjects - from the role of beetroot juice in acclimatisation to the management of a frozen shoulder in Antarctica and the high altitude illnesses of Sir Edmund Hillary! 

The final session of the day will celebrate the 1960-61 Silver Hut Expedition and it's enormous contribution to mountain medicine. Alongside two original members - Jim Milledge and Mike Gill - we'll also be joined by Annabel Nickol and the award winning writer Harriet Tuckey.

Jim Milledge's fascinating account of the Silver Hut Expedition can be found here.

Harriet Tuckey has won several awards (including the Boardman Tasker Prize) for her biography of Griffith Pugh. Pugh, Harriet's father, was the physiologist behind many of the innovations that led to the first ascent of Mt Everest in 1953. In addition, Pugh was also the Scientific Leader of the 1960-61 Silver Hut Expedition. At the BMMS Science Day Harriet will talk about the origins of the expedition and the work that was conducted on it.

With the science wrapped up, we'll move to Outside in Hathersage. Here, we'll tuck into a curry and hear about Mike Gill's latest book - "Edmund Hillary: A Biography". A fitting end to a unique and very special day. We hope you can join us!

The cost of the day (£70 BMMS members £90 non members) includes - lunch, dinner and a signed hardback copy of Mike Gill's "Edmund Hillary: A Biography".

Tickets can be bought here. We realise that the cost may prove to be a real barrier for some who wish to attend. We would encourage anyone in this position to get in touch and we'll do everything we can to help.

6 CPD points from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) have been awarded.

Mike Gill was a 22-year-old medical student when he followed up on a newspaper article that Sir Edmund Hillary was looking to recruit climbers for his next Himalayan expedition. As a climber, photographer, doctor and writer, Mike went on to become closely involved with many of Hillary's subsequent expeditions. This wealth of experience has now led to the writing of, "Edmund Hillary: A Biography" and will be the subject of what promises to be a fascinating talk!


0945-1000 Welcome and Introduction

1000-1200 Session 1

Cardiovascular responses to high altitude - failing or coping? (Prof Christopher Boos)

Enhancing health and performance at high altitude - from lab to mountain (Dr Jamie MacDonald)

Fuel use during exercise at high altitude (Prof John O'Hara)

The history of APEX: breathless in Bolivia (Dr Roger Thompson)

1230-1330 Session 2

ICAR - getting evidence based care into mountain rescue (Dr John Ellerton)

The brain at high altitude: region-specific responses (Dr Gabriella Rossetti)

Who knows? Sharing mountain medicine research with the layman (Chris Smith)

1345-1445 Session 3

BMRES Research - Kanchenjunga 2019 (Chris Bradley)

APEX 6 - Organising altitude research as a medical student (Sophie Hattersley and Sarah Lewis)

The high's and low's of acclimatising - strategies and stories from Lenin Peak (Dr Stephen Taylor)

1500-1615 Session 4 - Short Oral Presentations*

Was Chronic Mountain Sickness a contributor to Sir Edmund Hillary's death at age 88? (Dr Mike Gill)

The effect of carbohydrate supplementation on substrate oxidation in hypoxia and the influence of breakfast consumption (Alex Griffiths).

Marching to the Beet - beetroot juice supplementation during a high altitude trekking expedition (Matt Barlow).

A critical review of the diagnosis and management of annular pulley injuries in climbers (Dr Gareth Jones)

Cardiopulmonary acclimation using intermittent normobaric hypoxic exposure with and without exercise (Dr Mark Cooke)

Mission Himalaya - high altitude trekking and veterans well-being support (Dr Chris Kay)

Cognitive function and motor performance in hypoxia: a surgeons perspective (Dr Andrew Manley).

*A prize will be awarded for the best short oral presentation.


1630-1730 Session 5

A Celebration of the 1960-61 Silver Hut Expedition 

(Dr Mike Gill, Prof Jim Milledge, Dr Annabel Nickol and Harriet Tuckey)


Travel at high altitude - a layperson's guide (Denzil Broadhurst and Chris Smith).

Duplex ultrasound assessment of cerebral blood flow in hypoxia: a potential source of methodological bias (Alex Friend)

The effect of carbohydrate supplementation on substrate oxidation in hypoxia and the influence of breakfast consumption (Alex Griffiths)

An asthmatic in the Andes; peak flows and narrative analysis (Mike Huntington)

A critical review of the diagnosis and management of annular pulley injuries in climbers (Dr Gareth Jones)

Frozen shoulder? Remote medical management of a field guide in Antarctica (Dr Gareth Jones)

Cognitive function and motor performance in hypoxia: a surgeons perspective (Dr Andrew Manley).

Human cerebral blood flow-metabolic uncoupling during acute hypoxia: a magnetic resonance spectroscopy and arterial spin labelling study (Matt Rogan)

Acute effects of a ski-mountaineering race on markers of oxidative stress in recreational skiers (Dr Antonis Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou)

The effects of beetroot juice on appetite, acylated gherkin and energy intake at 4300m simulated altitude. (Dr Barney Wainwright)

Wilderness medicine teaching within undergraduate education (Jake Warrington)

*A prize will be awarded for the best poster.

1830 - 2100 Evening Event

Dinner at Outside in Hathersage (1830-1915) followed by Mike Gill's talk at 1930. 

Please note that this programme is subject to change - more contributions are arriving all the time!

3 thoughts on “BMMS Science Day - Full Programme!

Dave Gregory commented 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Looks like another great day, looking forward to it!
Jeremy Windsor commented 3 weeks, 5 days ago
The Venue... Bamford Institute in Derbyshire The Cost... £70 BMMS members £90 non members All details can be found on the booking page...
Rip Dornan commented 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Hello Jeremy, Location and cost please. Not sure I can attend without those details!

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