BMMS Science Day Bio's

Posted by Jeremy Windsor on Oct 24, 2019

We're just a few days away from the 2019 BMMS Science Day!

Places are still available - the full programme together with booking details can be found here.

If you want to know a little more about our speakers please read on...

Prof Christopher Boos

Professor Boos is the Heart Failure, cardiac pacing and cardiopulmonary exercise  lead at Poole Hospital. Following specialist training in Wessex he transferred to Birmingham in order to undertake his MD and further training in heart failure and device therapy. He is an Honorary Consultant at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.   He is the Specialty Lead for Research and Innovation and retains a strong research interest with >120 peer reviewed publications. His other clinical interests include complex device implantation, sports cardiology, high altitude medicine and atrial fibrillation. He is the Civilian Consultant Advisor in Cardiology to the British Army, an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and a Visiting Professor in Cardiology at Leeds Beckett University. Professor Boos has been involved in high altitude research for the last 9 years with a particular emphasis on the cardiac adaptations to high altitude exposure.

Chris Bradley

I am a member of the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society (BMRES) and am writing up my masters thesis before starting a PhD later in the year. My research is focused on how current dose recommendations of Acetazolamide may be superfluous in the elderly and advocate a more individualised dose based on the age of the person taking the medication. The Autumn BMRES trip to Sikkim is my first research expedition and I'll be assisting on a project investigating proteinuria at altitude. 

Dr John Ellerton

John was born in 1959 and has been involved in mountain rescue since 1986. He studied physiology at Cambridge University, England and then Medicine at Oxford University, but even at that early stage he had his eyes set on working and living in the mountains. After training posts, he became a partner in a General Practice in the Lake District, England - a vocation he continues to do for at least another few weeks! He is a member of Patterdale Mountain Rescue team (1986-); was Medical Officer for Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) (2002-2012) and editor of 'Casualty Care in Mountain Rescue' 2000 and 2006. He joined International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) MedCom in 2002, joined the ICAR Executive Board in 2012 as an assessor, and became ICAR MedCom President in 2017. He has coauthored over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Mike Gill

At the age of 22 Mike Gill became a member of the Silver Hut expedition as a climber and physiologist. He went on most of the subsequent Hillary expeditions and as a fellow-Aucklander became a close friend. He has published several books, the last of them, written after Sir Ed's death, being a carefully researched biography which draws on much previously unpublished material. 


A copy of Mike Gill's new book "Edmund Hillary - A Biography" is included in the course fee

Sophie Hattersley

Sophie Hattersley Apex 6 Expedition Leader (centre left)

Sophie is a fifth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. Her academic interests are in expedition medicine and global surgery. Having been inspired by the amazing team on APEX 5 to lead her own expedition, APEX 6 to Bolivia next Summer, she can't wait for all the hard work to pay off. It'll be great to be back in the beautiful Bolivian Andes, doing cutting edge research and inspiring a new generation! Outside of studying, Sophie is a keen photographer, and loves travelling the globe in search of the perfect shot.

Dr David Hillebrandt

David Hillebrandt is a semi-retired GP and mountain medicine doctor who worked as a outdoor instructor to help pay his way through medical school. He was on a plane to India for his first altitude expedition before his medical final results had officially been announced. That was over 40 years ago. Now his personal expedition days are over as the NHS replaces various worn out joints but he continues to enjoy easy new routing on the lines he has spotted from his kayak in the South West, where he lives. He is a member and past president of the UIAA medical commission, honorary medical advisor to the BMC, honorary medical advisor to the BMG Association and helps with the diploma of mountain medicine and the UK frostbite advice service. He keeps his trauma skills up to date by being a responding member for BASICS Devon who work with the SW ambulance service.

Dr Jamie MacDonald

After graduating with a Sport Science degree and working as a freelance Outdoor Activities Instructor for some years, I returned to academia to complete my PhD in clinical exercise physiology. I am now Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University ( I feel very lucky to be able to combine my passion for the outdoors with my research interests. I investigate methods to improve health and performance in extreme environments and extreme sports, with a specific focus on high altitude physiology. As part of my role I have been the Research Lead for the 2015 MEDEX Research Expedition to the Himalaya. I have collaborated previously with the Ogwen Valley and Patterdale Mountain Rescue Teams, and have provided content, consultancy and advice to Outlook Expeditions, NRS Healthcare, Avanti Media, Shine TV, Expedition Providers Association, UK Climbing, and Camps International. I really enjoy providing evidence-based advice on high altitude preparation and thus very excited to be presenting at the BMMS Science Day. I look forward to meeting you all.

Prof Jim Milledge

Jim has been involved in high altitude medicine and physiology since serving as a member of Sir Edmund Hillary's "Silver Hut" Expedition in 1960-61. 

He started hill walking as a boy in North Wales and began rock climbing as a medical student. A 3-year commission in the RAF (in lieu of National Service) gave him a taste of aviation medicine. Training in respiratory medicine subsequently followed and experience in lung function testing led to a life long interest in respiratory physiology. After the Silver Hut, Jim spent 10 years as physician and physiologist at CMC Vellore, India, during which time he had two further expeditions to Nepal and a year spent as research fellow in San Francisco with John Severinghaus. On return to the UK in 1972 he was appointed to Northwick Park Hospital's Clinical Research Centre as a Consultant Physician and a Medical Research Centre (MRC) Scientific Member. He was able to continue altitude research at intervals, mainly on expeditions to the great ranges of Nepal, China, Kenya and throughout South America. In 1981 he was a member of the American Medical Research Expedition to Everest (AMREE) led by John West. For the last 4 years of his time at Northwick Park Hospital he served as Medical Director. 

He retired in 1995 and has been able to continue to pursue this interest in Mountain Medicine, almost full time! With two friends from the Silver Hut (John West and Mike Ward) he published the standard text on the subject, High Altitude Medicine and Physiology, now in its 5th edition. He has written and lectured widely on the subject and is involved with many altitude research groups in the UK. He was a founder member of Medex (Medical Expeditions) and a faculty member of the Diploma in Mountain Medicine. In 2005 he was made an Honorary Professor at University College London. In 2007 he was the "Honoree" at Lake Louise Hypoxia Symposium and was President of the International Society of Mountain Medicine between 2004 and 2008.

Dr Annabel Nickol

Annabel Nickol is a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and leads the Sleep and Ventilation service in Oxford, which is one of the larger UK centres with >12,000 patients on CPAP and around 750 on long-term NIV, many of whom have complex needs. She was able to indulge her passion for Respiratory Physiology in her youth with research into control of breathing at high altitude, later translating that work into observing physiological changes in patients with ventilatory failure initiating nocturnal NIV. Latterly she has carried out translational research to determine how iron status influences hypoxic responses and functional measures in COPD.  She is part of the UK Clinical Sleep Research Network, helping optimise OSA treatment, and a member of the NICE Sleep Disordered Breathing Committee.

Prof John O'Hara

John O'Hara is a Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiology, within the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University. His research has been wide-ranging, including interests in the applied and hard sciences. His passions are exercise metabolism in relation to sports performance and the effects of high altitude upon the human body. He leads the performance in extreme environments research theme at Leeds Beckett University. As an accredited sport scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, he has led the support of several high altitude expeditions over the years. This has included the Army’s attempt to summit Mount Everest via the West Ridge in 2006. John works closely with the Defence Medical Services and has led the University’s research involvement in several high-altitude expeditions, recently including; the British Army’s attempt on Everest, 2015; the British Services Medical Research Expedition to Dhaulagiri, 2016; RAFMA High Altitude Expedition, 2018.

Dr Gabriella Rossetti

I was fortunate enough to complete my undergraduate degree in Sport Science (Outdoor Activities), which allowed me to enjoy the delights of Snowdonia and gave me a passion for both lab and field research in extremes physiology. I went on to complete my PhD in High Altitude Physiology, and am now working as a post-doctoral researcher at Bangor University. My current altitude-related research investigates how hypoxia affects the brain, with a particular focus on how different brain regions respond. I am also interested in how we can apply this knowledge to our understanding and investigation of neurological decline in clinical populations. I'm really looking forward to sharing some of this work with you at the BMMS Science Day.

Chris Smith

Some people reading this will know me, although I am not a medic!

Academically, I studied Environmental Science. Professionally, I have had 4 jobs - a teacher of  5 - 13 years olds, Young People's Co-ordinator for Local Agenda 21 in Manchester, Community Team Manager for Groundwork Medway Swale and Park Ranger in Sheffield. I am now retired, but do occasionally teach and examine First Aid Courses. 

As a teenager I became involved in Scouting – I am still a Cub Leader. Through Scouting I became involved in Mountain Rescue (2 teams over 25 years) and through Mountain Rescue I became involved in the British Mount Everest Medical Expedition in 1992 as a ‘lay person’ guinea pig. Through BMEME - now Medex - I have helped out with 4 research expeditions, several Plas y Brenin courses and most recently the Hathersage weekends. 

I enjoy ‘playing’ outdoors, but am a jack of all trades and master of none – any excuse for a day outside! I have been lucky enough to explore a few amazing mountain areas – in Switzerland, Nepal, India (Ladakh), Peru, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Canada, New Zealand…

I get a headache at about 5,000m – but luckily only for a few hours!

Chris is the editor of "Travel at High Altitude" - a highly successful booklet that has been translated into 16 languages. A copy can be downloaded here.

Dr Suzy Stokes

I am a consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine working in Oxford and the surrounding region. I have been involved in Wilderness and Mountain Medicine for the past 15 years -my proudest achievements are being a founding member of the BMMS and setting up the Nepalese Diploma in Mountain Medicine. When I'm not working I love to take our crazy dog for a walk with my husband and find any excuse to go travelling when I can! 

Dr Stephen Taylor

Stephen is based at Edinburgh Napier University where he lectures and researches in Natural Area Tourism. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde. Stephen’s main research interests concern the governance of natural areas and mountain tourism. Both of these are reflected in his current research which is focused upon tourism on the 7,134m Lenin Peak located on the Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan border.

Dr Roger Thompson

Roger Thompson is a co-founder and trustee of Apex and was the leader of the Apex 2 expedition in 2003 and deputy leader of the first Apex expedition in 2001. He moved to Sheffield in 2006 to take up an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Respiratory Medicine having completed his medical training in Edinburgh. After finishing his specialist training and PhD, he became a BHF-Fulbright scholar at Stanford University and returned to Sheffield as a BHF Intermediate Clinical Fellow and Honorary Respiratory Consultant specialising in pulmonary hypertension. He has active research interests in hypoxia, inflammation and the pulmonary circulation.

Harriet Tuckey

Harriet Tuckey is the daughter of Griffith Pugh who's scientific research made an enormous contribution to the success of the 1953 British Mt Everest Expedition. She has a first-class honours degree in English Literature and an MA in the Sociology of Literature from the University of Essex, as well as a postgraduate diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute. She has worked for the policy think tank PEP, the UK Department of Employment and the Manpower Services Commission in various research capacities. She lives in London. Her book "Everest - The First Ascent" has won numerous awards including the 2013 Boardman Tasker Prize.

Dr Jeremy Windsor

Jeremy Windsor is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital (CRH) and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. 

For more than a decade he has taught on the Diploma in Mountain Medicine. a postgraduate course organised by the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), specialising in the field of high altitude medicine and physiology. 

In 2017 he was awarded an MD by the University of Sheffield for his work on electrical changes in the heart at high altitude. 

He has published more than 100 abstracts, papers and book chapters.

In 2018 he developed the Mountain Medicine Fellowship at CRH. These 2 year posts provide training in critical care and mountain medicine for junior doctors and is set to expand in 2019.

He and his fellows are behind the highly successful "Surviving The Death Zone" blog.

He is a trustee of the British Mountain Medicine Society. In 2020 he will be organising the 2 day Hathersage Mountain Medicine Festival, in collaboration with the BMMS and CRH, that will aim to bring together a large audience of mountain medicine practitioners from around the world. 

Despite all this, Jeremy continues to climb, cycle and run regularly. He is never happier than when he's struggling somewhere near the back of a fell race!

He lives in the Peak District with his wife and two children.

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