What: Discover Nepal and learn about how high altitude affects the body
Who: Prof. Phil Ainslie and Assoc. Prof. Ali McManus with UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Health and Social Development, and the Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health
When and Where:
- Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna
- Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shatford Centre, 760 Main St, Penticton
- Thursday, March 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m at the Marten Brewpub, 2933A 30th Ave, Vernon
A team of UBC Okanagan researchers travelled to Nepal last October to continue their research into altitude acclimatization.
The expedition conducted 12 major studies with one principal goal—to identify physiological differences in acclimatization and responses to sustained high-altitude exposure between lowland natives and people of Tibetan descent.
At three upcoming public presentations, the researchers will present an overview of the expedition’s findings and highlight some of the unique experiences gained by the research team. These events are free and open to everybody.
Phil Ainslie, a Canada Research Chair, is a professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. He has successfully led more than 10 research expeditions to high altitude. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts in some of the best physiological and clinical journals, including 50 on high-altitude physiology. Ainslie is the co-director for UBC Okanagan’s Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health.
Ali McManus is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. She directs the pediatric exercise physiology research group and is the president of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine.