Biology study on slopes of Everest
Ashford girl goes to Nepal to carry out life-saving research.
A FORMER Miss Ashford turned scientist will be part of a pioneering medical research trip to Mount Everest.
Helen Luery, 26, whose family still live on Washford Farm, is an exercise scientist based at the University College London and has been working on Caudwell Xtreme Everest Project for five years.
The aim of the research is to enhance the understanding of critically ill patients with low oxygen levels by making the first ever measurement of the level of oxygen in human blood at such altitude.
Next week, the former Highworth pupil will be among the team of 60 doctors and scientists going to Nepal to perform what will be the largest human biology study ever to take place at high altitude.
Helen and the team will live there for almost four months and their trip will be filmed for a BBC documentary.
“It is a completely new concept of using an extreme environment to model what is hap-
I feel very fortunate to work with such an amazing group of scientists and doctors
pening to a patient,” said Helen, who was Miss Ashford in 1998 and belonged to Ashford Swimming club and Ashford Athletics Club.
“I have always been a girly girl so going climbing and being in such a harsh environment without luxuries is certainly going to be a personal challenge.
“It is incredibly exciting and I feel very fortunate to work with such an amazing group of scientists and doctors.”
The project is run by the UCL’s Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine.
The team will study more than 200 healthy volunteers as they climb higher and will look at how oxygen is delivered, blood flow to the brain and test a new portable breathing system designed for climbers.
When she returns, Helen plans to move back to Ashford.
For more information visit www.xtreme-everest.co.uk
Former Miss Ashford Helen Luery is to travel to Nepal