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Dr Hugh Montgomery to give RI Christmas Lectures

5 October 2007

Dr Hugh Montgomery, director of the UCL Institute for Human Health & Performance, will give the 2007 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on the theme of 'Back from the brink: the science of survival'.

Dr Montgomery is a genetics researcher, intensive care doctor, diver, skydiver and mountaineer. He was part of the Caudwell Xtreme Everest team, who conducted groundbreaking medical experiments at the summit of the world's highest mountain in spring 2007.

The lectures will be delivered and filmed in early December, and will be screened on Channel 5 from 24 December onwards. They will explore what happens when the body's systems are pushed to their limit in hostile environments, such as the desert and the Arctic, and whether those who survive are born with special capacities.

The lectures are:

  • Peak performance: Wednesday 5 December
  • Completely stuffed?: Saturday 8 December
  • Grilled and chilled: Tuesday 11 December
  • Fight, flight and fright: Thursday 13 December
  • Luck, genes and stupidity: Saturday 15 December

The lectures will all start at 5pm and are open to ages 11 and above, though adults must be accompanied by an 11-18 year-old. Booking is essential. For more information visit the Royal Institution website or call +44 (0)20 7409 2992.