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Life at the Limits

30 May 2006

How humans survive at the limit of physical endurance will form the subject of a conference to be held at UCL on Tuesday 6 June.

'Knowledge 2: Lessons learnt from life at the limits' will offer insights from experts in the effects of space travel, mountaineering and arctic conditions on the human mind and body.

Professor Stan Newman, Director of the UCL Centre for Behavioural and Social Sciences in Medicine, will discuss the changes induced in the brain by the atmospheric extremes encountered during climbing and diving, and crucially whether these changes are permanent.

UCL researchers will also announce the list of experiments they will undertake on the 2007 Xtreme Everest Expedition, including the first ever measurement of oxygen in human blood at the summit of a mountain.

For more information about the conference, contact Jenny Gimpel on +44 (0)20 7679 9739.