World Extreme Medicine News

We were delighted that Expedition Medicine authority and world-renowned expert on frostbite and cold injuries Prof. Chris Imray returned and chaired the morning sessions on Day 1 of the 2018 World Extreme Medicine Conference.

Prof. Chris Imray is a Consultant Vascular and Renal Transplant Surgeon at UHCW NHS Trust and a Professor at Warwick Medical School, Coventry University and Exeter University. He has a Diploma in Mountain Medicine is an Expedition Medicine expert and is a world-renowned expert on frostbite and cold injuries; as well as having medical interests in extreme altitude physiology and the brain at high altitude. Chris also took to the main stage to talk about new research into the effects of altitude on brain activity.

Chris started climbing while at school, and has continued to travel all over the world to indulge this passion; climbing as far afield as the sea cliffs of Cornwall to the volcanoes of Chile. He began working with the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society in the late 1980s, which is where his interest in altitude research became a passion. Chris now continues his research with the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Group and more recently has become involved with the UCL team at The Centre for Altitude Space and Extreme Environment Medicine (CASE).

Having been one of the medical officers taking part in the 2006 Xtreme Cho Oyu expedition to Tibet, Chris went on to be the Deputy Climbing Leader of the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition. He summited both Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world (8201m) and Everest (8848m), and has the dubious distinction of having the second lowest arterial gases ever recorded in an adult (at 8400m)! This was the first ever measurement of the level of oxygen in human blood at 8400m, on the balcony of Everest and was the centrepiece of an extensive and continuing programme of research into hypoxia (low oxygen levels) and human performance at extreme altitude.

Chris Imray has published over 130 peer review papers on various subjects including altitude medicine, expedition medicine, cold injury, vascular surgery and renal transplantation, and remains an active mountaineer and altitude researcher.


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