The Defence Medical Services (DMS) High Altitude Medical Research Group has previously conducted medical research into high altitude physiology and acute mountain sickness through expeditions to Bolivia, Aconcagua, Island Peak and Everest Base Camp and have published extensively on the subject. The British Services Dhaulagiri Medical Research Expedition 2016 aims to continue this tradition by undertaking further research projects into these fields.
Research on the expedition will be conducted by academics from within the Military’s Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (Academic Department of Military Anaesthesia and Critical Care and Academic Department of Military Medicine). This military team will work in collaboration with a research team from Leeds Beckett University’s Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure and Oxford University.
The research projects will be carried out on specific days during the trekking expedition around the Dhaulagiri circuit in Nepal in April 2016. All projects have been approved by the Royal Air Force Scientific Advisory Committee and the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee and rely on the voluntary participation of those taking part in the expedition.
The following research projects are being undertaken on the expedition. Please click on the links for more information.