A practical guide for preparing to trek Mount Kilimanjaro
Jamie Macdonald and Sam Oliver are interviewed by Aamer Sandoo on “A practical guide for preparing to trek Mount Kilimanjaro”. The two part video interview discusses practical issues of importance for those planning to climb Kilimanjaro. Part 1 Part 2
ERG's second high impact article in a row in High Altitude Medicine and Biology
“Thanks to High Altitude Medicine and Biology for selecting our work twice in a row to feature as the journal’s monthly high impact article. This time our work investigates whether using a widely available heart rate monitor to measure heart rate variability can predict altitude illness susceptibility. Read it free until 3.10.17.
MEDEX 2015: Heart Rate Variability Predicts Development of Acute Mountain Sickness
Angus Sutherland, Joseph Freer, Laura Evans, Alberto Dolci, Matteo Crotti, and Jamie Hugo Macdonald Read Now”
ERG's high impact article in High Altitude Medicine and Biology
“Thanks to High Altitude Medicine and Biology for selecting our work on fitness, sense of effort and altitude illness as this month’s high impact article. Read it free until 13.09.17.
MEDEX2015: Greater Sea-Level Fitness Is Associated with Lower Sense of Effort During Himalayan Trekking Without Worse Acute Mountain Sickness
Gabriella M.K. Rossetti, Jamie H. Macdonald, Matthew Smith, Anna R. Jackson, Nigel Callender, Hannah K. Newcombe, Heather M. Storey, Sebastian Willis, Jojanneke van den Beukel, Jonathan Woodward, James Pollard, Benjamin Wood, Victoria Newton, Jana Virian, Owen Haswell, and Samuel J. Oliver Read Now“
Applied physiology PhD opportunity with the Extremes Research Group
The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University invite applications for a 3-year PhD studentship funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) in collaboration with Outlook Expeditions. This programme of research will determine whether the physiological readiness of students, teachers and expedition leaders should and can be enhanced to better prepare them for an Outlook expedition and to improve general health and well-being. The deadline for applications is 18 July 2017. For further details please see advert here.
PhD student Gabriella Rossetti picks up student award at Hypoxia 2017 conference
Congratulations to our PhD student Gabriella Rossetti who was selected to present her work “Dietary nitrate supplementation increases acute mountain sickness severity and sense of effort during submaximal exercise in hypoxia” in the prestigious hot topic section of the biannual Hypoxia 2017 conference (http://www.hypoxia.net). Gabriella was joined by ERG researchers Moore, Oliver and Macdonald who were presenting work from previous studies including two separate expeditions to the Nepali Himalaya in 2015 and 2016. ERG researchers have attended the Hypoxia conference twice previously and have had work selected for the prestigious Hot Topic Section on every occasion. Against strong competition from many eminent and global research groups Gabriella was awarded 2nd prize in the student category for her talk. Well done to Gabriella for an excellent talk on an applied study that could have considerable impact in the altitude field.
Gabriella receives her prize from Professors Philip Ainslie (centre), Rob Roach (right) and Carsten Lundby (left) at Hypoxia 2017.
Jessica picks up the PPTR 2016 American Journal of Physiology post doc award.
ERG member Dr Jessica Mee was selected to present her work titled ‘The running heat tolerance test is a suitable protocol for between group comparisons of heat tolerance in females’ at the prestigious PPTR 2016 conference in Slovenia. Jessica was joined by ERG lead Professor Neil Walsh presenting on Immune (dys) regulation under extreme endurance exercise and PhD student Mike Zurawlew presenting work titled ‘Heat acclimation by post-exercise hot water immersion in the morning reduces thermal strain during exercise-heat-stress in the afternoon’. Jessica was awarded the American Journal of Physiology –Regulatory, Integrated, and Comparative Physiology post doc award for her talk.
Jessica receives her prize from Igor Mekjavic and Daniel Gagnon at PPTR 2016.
PhD opportunity with the ERG - Deadline
The School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences (SSHES), Bangor University is offering a fully funded 4 year PhD studentship supervised by Prof Neil Walsh and Dr Jessica Mee, conducting research on novel strategies to promote adaptation for military personnel performing in extreme environments. This PhD studentship will likely involve data collection in the laboratory and military environment and will build on recent work published by Professor Walsh’s team. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 30th November 2016. For further detail please follow this link PhD Studentship – Novel strategies to promote adaptation for those performing in extreme environments |School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences|Bangor University
The hydration potential of different drinks now featured on mysportscience as an infographic
Research by Dr Sam Oliver and Professor Neil Walsh in collaboration with scientists at the Stirling and Loughborough Universities has been selected to feature as an infographic on mysportscience. http://www.mysportscience.com/single-post/2016/10/17/Hydrating-properties-of-various-drinks The article was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition earlier this year. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/103/3/717.full
Data collection in Nepal
Dr Jonathan Moore in collaboration with scientists at Cradiff Met has been out in Nepal studying the sympathetic activity of Sherpa's at 5050 m.
ERG collaborate with Case Productions to propose 4 summits in 4 weeks
Dr. Jamie Macdonald and Prof. Tim Woodman feature in a new taster tape filmed by Case Productions. The proposed programme will follow Adventurer/Mountaineer Noel Hannah as he attempts to climb four of the world’s highest mountains in four weeks, including Everest. If put into full production Jamie and Tim will be providing physiological and psychological input during the project.
Hot bath and performance - Practical guidlines
Interview with Professor Neil Walsh and PhD student Mike Zurawlew featured in Asker Jeukendrup blog on the 15th June 2016. Jeukendrup - Trusted sports nutrition advice & exercise science news | Hot bath and performance - Practical guidelines
Beat the heat - a hot bath after exercise boosts performance in the heat
Research by Professor Neil Walsh and PhD student Mike Zurawlew featured in Asker Jeukendrup blog on the 13th June 2016 Jeukendrup - Trusted sports nutrition advice & exercise science news | Beat the Heat – a hot bath after exercise boosts performance in the heat
This article was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport in December 2015 Post-exercise hot water immersion induces heat acclimation and improves endurance exercise performance in the heat - Zurawlew - 2015 - Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports - Wiley Online Library
PhD opportunity with the ERG - Deadline 1st July 2016
The School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences (SSHES), Bangor University is offering a fully funded 3 year PhD Studentship, as part of the Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise (IRESE) research collaboration with Cardiff School of Sport (CSS), Cardiff Metropolitan University. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly motivated individual to examine how the body regulates cardiovascular function in response to short-term and life-long exposure to hypoxia (low oxygen environment). Healthy lowlanders experience hypoxia during sojourn to altitude, patients with sleep apnoea and lung disease experience hypoxia in their day-to-day lives, and over 130 million people permanently reside above 3000m. The successful student, who will be based in Bangor, will benefit from the infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and specialist training provided by both schools. Furthermore, there is an opportunity to undertake data collection as part of large-scale international research expedition to Nepal in October 2016. Deadline for applications is Friday 1st July 2016. For further detail please follow this link Sympathetic activation during hypoxia |School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences|Bangor University.
The hydration potential of different drinks to feature on BBC 1 "The truth about healthy eating"
Research by Dr Sam Oliver and Professor Neil Walsh in collaboration with Scientists at the university of Stirling and Loughborough has been selected to feature on "The truth about healthy eating', on BBC One, on Thursday 2nd June, at 9pm. The article was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition earlier this year. ajcn.115.114769.full
'Athlete Immune Health' with Professor Neil Walsh on Guru Performance 'We do Science'
Professor Neil Walsh discusses athlete immune health on 'Guru Performance We Do Science' pod cast on Tuesday 19th April 2016. Episode 80 – ‘Athlete Immune Health’ with Professor Neil Walsh | Guru Performance
Prehospital rewarming is further aided by large chemical heat pads but not by hot drinks.
Research by Dr. Sam Oliver and Professor Neil Walsh of the Extremes Research Group study was selected for Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Journal Club. Dr. Oliver discusses the studies novel and myth debunking findings between 33:45 and 46:30 (min:secs) of the podcast. Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wilderness-environmental-medicine/id1086264061?mt=2&i=363270240&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 PC users: https://soundcloud.com/wem-live)
The original research assessed the effectiveness of prehospital methods to treat near hypothermic shivering cold casualties. This article was published in the March 2016 issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1SeoW3risAnWEf
Taking a hot bath after exercise improves performance in the heat
Research by Professor Neil Walsh of the Extremes Research Group recently featured in The Conversation. The article entitled ‘Taking a hot bath after exercise improves performance in the heat’. http://theconversation.com/taking-a-hot-bath-after-exercise-improves-performance-in-the-heat-51844. This research has also been featured in the popular magazine Runners World. The article entitled ‘Can hot baths make you faster?’ http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/can-hot-baths-make-you-faster
The original research examined whether daily hot water immersion after exercise in temperate conditions induces heat acclimation and improves endurance performance in temperate and hot conditions. This article was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sms.12638/epdf
Mountain Rescue research to feature on Radio Wales
Dr. Jamie Macdonald from Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences will feature in a programme for Radio Wales being aired on Saturday 25th October at 1200. The programme, about Mountain Rescue, will include Jamie discussing the physiological demands of mountain rescue work. This project was completed with help from undergraduate student Nigel Callender. Further information about Jamie and Nigel’s work can be found here: http://emj.bmj.com/content/29/9/753.short
ERG paper highlighted in this months Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Congratulations are due to Bethany Diment whose second lead author paper resulting from her PhD research with Prof Neil Walsh gets a special mention from the editor-in chief of MSSE. Beth successfully defended her thesis at Bangor University in June.
Extremes Research group to investigate altitude illness in Himalayan expedition - See more at:
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On your bike!
Research by Dr. Jamie Macdonald of the Extremes Research Group has been featured in the popular magazine Mountain Bike Rider. The article, entitled “The Physics of Being Fast” can be found in the March 2015 issue. The original research aimed to identify physiological, psychological and skill characteristics that explain performance in downhill (DH) mountain biking racing, and was published in The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25010645)
Exercising to avoid the flu? It’s all about the sweet spot
Professor Walsh provides expert opinion on exercising to avoid flu in The Globe and Mail
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Professor Neil Walsh recognised for distinguished research achievement at the 61st Annual meeting of the ACSM
Congratulations to Neil Walsh, our Director, who recently was awarded Fellow status of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Neil is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, Loughborough University of Technology and Birmingham University, and in 2012 he was awarded a visiting scholarship by the Kinesiology Department at the University of Connecticut. In addition to receiving his Fellow status at the ACSM meeting in Orlando, Neil was invited to speak on Environmental and Nutritional Extremes: Immune Function at a World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease, which was organized as part of the main meeting.
Research on the frontline: shining a new light on vitamin D
Applying innovative physiological measures out in the field: A £1.35 million project funded by the Ministry of Defence
Academics within Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences have been awarded a multi-year research contract to investigate the Association of Vitamin D with Injury Risk, Health and Physical Performance in British Army Recruits. Prof Neil Walsh, director of the Extremes Research Group, and his colleagues, Dr Samuel Oliver and Dr Matthew Fortes are undertaking this field-based, multidisciplinary work programme with the British Army at training centres across England.
Vitamin D is formed by the action of UVB sunlight on the skin, having widespread effects beyond those on bone. Emerging evidence indicates an important role for vitamin D to maintain immune and muscle function. UK Army recruits may be at risk of Vitamin D deficiency largely as a consequence of Britain’s northerly latitude. This could lead to an increased risk of skeletal injury, infection and under-performance contributing to lost training days, back coursing and the medical attrition of recruits.
The application of innovative methods, developed in the laboratory, to measure immune function allow for the report of clinically relevant outcomes. One of the main aims of this research is to support appropriate policy on Vitamin D supplementation for UK, Army recruits.
Prof Neil Walsh says “The contribution from our team of experienced researchers and postgraduate students creates a platform for ongoing debate and critical thinking into new approaches to solve problems.
“The opportunity to acquire, develop and apply theoretical and laboratory skills in the field has proven to be invaluable to the development of our postgraduate students.”
Extremes Research Group and Blizzard Protection Systems Ltd Partnerhip
Now in the final year, Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a major European Convergence programme that supports collaborative research projects (Research Masters and PhD) with external partners based in the Convergence area of Wales (West Wales and the Valleys). In this video, ERG member Dr Sam Oliver talks about his experiences of a partnership with Blizard Protection Systems Ltd, a local manufacturer of outdoor thermal survival products.
Extremes Research Group joins MEDEX Medical Research Expedition to Manaslu in 2015
Medical Expeditions is a charitable company that aims to investigate all aspects of altitude related illness and to educate mountaineers, trekkers and their doctors about the nature and avoidance of altitude related illness. In March 2015 MEDEX is undertaking a medical research expedition to the Manaslu region of the Nepal Himalaya. The Extremes Research Group is excited to be involved with this project. Dr. Jamie Macdonald is the expedition Research Lead, and Drs. Jonathan Moore and Sam Oliver have submitted novel and ground-breaking research proposals. For further information on the expedition and research activities please visit: http://www.medex.org.uk/.
ERG led Exercise Immunology Position Stands are Highly Cited!
Prof Walsh, with experts around the world, summarised what is currently understood about exercise immunology. These Positions Stands have been highly cited and are free to download. Click on the links below to download each position stand.
- Walsh NP, Gleeson M, Shephard, RJ, Gleeson M, Woods, JA, Bishop NC, Fleshner F, Green C, Pedersen BK, Hoffman-Goetz L, Rogers CJ, Northoff H, Abbasi A and Simon P (2011). Position Statement Part One: Immune Function and Exercise. Exercise Immunology Review, 17, 6-63. http://www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de/transfusionsmedizin/institut/eir/content/2011/6/article.pdf
- Walsh NP, Gleeson M, Pyne DB, Nieman DC, Dhabhar FS, Shephard, RJ, Oliver SJ, Bermon S and Kajeniene A (2011). Position Statement Part Two: Maintaining Immune Health. Exercise Immunology Review, 17, 64-103. http://www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de/transfusionsmedizin/institut/eir/content/2011/64/article.pdf