Xtreme Everest to visit Duke University this June

17th Apr 2018

Join Xtreme Everest and the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University on the 14 June 2018 as they present the Xtreme Everest Symposium: Human Tolerance of Hypoxia: Going to Extremes to Understand Critical Illness conference. This conference will review the Xtreme Everest medical research program that takes lessons learned in extreme low oxygen environments, including that found on the summit of Mount Everest, and brings them back to the bedside of the intensive care unit (ICU).

Target Audience
This conference is suitable for anesthesiologists, physiologists, critical care physicians, stroke medicine physicians, neurologists, basic scientists.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Better understand human tolerance and adaption to hypoxia with goal to improve outcomes in critically ill patients.
  • Improve knowledge of the effects on the human body of long term exposure to low levels of oxygen, and how some individuals adapt better to hypoxia than others.

For more information about the event and to book, please visit the dedicated Duke webpages


12:30 pm Registration
1:00 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks

SESSION 1: Surviving Hypoxia - Is it About Delivery or Consumption?

1:10 pm Critical Care - Can we Learn From Environmental Physiology?

  • Prof. Mike Grocott

1:30 pm What Happens to Healthy Humans in Hypoxia?

  • Denny Levett, MD

1:50 pm Cardiovascular Adaptation to Hypoxia

  • Daniel Martin, MD

2:10 pm Metabolic Adaptation to Hypoxia

  • Andrew Murray, MD

2:30 pm Questions and Discussion

3:00 pm Break

SESSION 2: Oxygen in Clinical Practice - More or Less?

3:30 pm Oxygen Therapy: The Yin and Yang of Our Favorite Drug

  • Prof. Monty Mythen

3:50 pm Oxygen and the Brain

  • Chris Imray, MD

4:10 pm Epigenetics of Hypoxia

  • Kay Mitchell, MD

4:30 pm A Slightly Different Path to Everest: Pyramid Lab 2012 & 2016

  • David MacLeod, MD

4:50 pm Therapeutic Hyperoxia: Medicine Under Pressure

  • Richard Moon, MD

5:10 pm Questions and Discussion

SESSION 3: Plenary Session

5:30 pm Evening Reception

6:30 pm Morpheus Consortium Distinguished Lecture: Xtreme Everest: Physiology on Top of the World

  • Prof. Mike Grocott

7:15 pm Questions and Closing Remarks

  • Joseph Mathew, MD

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