HIGH ALTITUDE RESEARCH EXPEDITION: BOLIVIA, 2021
APEX was founded by medical students at the University of Edinburgh in 2001. Since then, hundreds of students have taken part in expeditions investigating the effect of altitude and hypoxia on the human body. The latest expedition, APEX 6, will be in June 2021...
The APEX 6 expedition will begin on in La Paz (3700m) for an initial acclimatisation period of 3 days, before we ascend to our base on Huyana Potosi (4700m). We will stay on Huyana Potosi for 8 days.
Data and sample collection will be carried out during the acclimatisation phase in La Paz and throughout our time at Huyana Potosi.
The expedition will conclude on our return to La Paz.
RESEARCH DURING APEX 6
THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Apex 6 will be lead by six Medical Students from the University of Edinburgh.
APEX6 has recruited a fantastic group of volunteers. Meet the rest of the team!
Gavin WoodbridgeGavin is a fifth Year Medical Student at the University of Edinburgh, navigating his way through
clinical attachments. He has so far gained interest in Emergency Medicine, General Medicine or
Practice and Remote and Rural Medicine. Holds a strong interest in natural history, particularly bird – current President and founding member of Edinburgh University Ornithological Society.
Suzanne GreenSuzanne is a second-year medical student. This is her first expedition and she is keen to explore more of South America. She is wishing to improve her basic Spanish and salsa skills on her travels and maintain her interest in sports and running. Furthermore, having an interest in expedition medicine she is excited to increase her experience in this area.
Fiona HowellsI'm Fiona and I'm a 5th year medical student. I spend a large portion of my time drinking tea and knitting but I also (unsurprisingly) love being outdoors which mainly involves hillwalking and looking after 13 cheeky Exmoor ponies in the Pentlands.
Chris McColmHi! I’m Chris, a fifth year medical student with an interest in sports medicine and surgery. Outside of medicine I love all things sport, especially cycling – I think this is what I’ll miss most on the APEX6 trip! Having never visited South America before I can’t wait to get out there to explore.
Thomas ParkTom is a second-year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. He is looking forward to getting his first real taste of medical research, and for it to happen in such an amazing place. In his spare time, he’s often found on a run, on a bike or in the kitchen.
Lizzie DrinkwaterLizzie is a third year medical student, intercalating in Neuroscience. She is excited to discover more about what happens to her body at high altitude and to explore the beautiful landscapes of South America whilst also seeing some Alpacas!
Maeve MacLeodI’m Maeve and I’m a 3rd year medical student. After giving myself a year off from exams
during my intercalated I’ve decided to squeeze in a little science this summer before clinical
years hit. I love travelling and I’m excited to explore South America, fill up on local cuisine
and then work it all off with un poco de salsa dancing.
Gemma WoodheadI'm Gemma, a third-year medic who loves the outdoors and enjoys cycling and running. Having never visited South America before, I'm really excited to be a part of APEX6 and looking forward to exploring this part of the world!
Freya OswaldI’m Freya, and I’m a 5th year medical student at Edinburgh with particular interests in sport and exercise medicine and physical activity for health. Outside of studying, I spend a lot of time dancing and am now in my 5th year with the Edinburgh uni dance soc. On the Apex6 trip I’m going for the world record of the highest recorded splits… I do a bit of cycling and have recently began running! I also love cooking (and eating), so I’m very excited to eat my way through South America!
Clara DuncanClara is a fifth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. She is very excited to return to South America, having done some travelling there before, and is looking forward to her first expedition as an APEX volunteer! In her spare time she enjoys trampolining, football and eating.
Amy LussianaAmy is a second year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. She spends most of her free time playing volleyball, dancing bachata or cooking Italian food for potlucks. She’s a keen traveller but APEX 6 will be her first time in South America!
Maddie EdgooseMaddie is a second year medical student who is currently keen on rural, wilderness and expedition medicine. She can usually be found playing trad fiddle in various bars, pubs and ceilidhs! Outside of music and medicine she enjoys wild swimming, skiing, walking and climbing. It’s her first time to South America and she’s very excited for the expedition...and also to see wild flamingos and llamas.
Eilish MurphyI am a third year medical student, currently intercalating in primary care. When not working in the North face shop, I enjoy being outdoors, particularly in the high mountains. I can’t wait to head out to Bolivia and be part of the APEX6 expedition.
Cameron PeattieCameron is a first year medical student interested in sports and expedition medicine and orthopaedics. Cameron loves the outdoors and travelling, and has always wanted to travel in South America so can't wait for the expedition. Outside of medicine, Cameron loves most sports including football and basketball and loves music.
Danial ImseehI’m a first year medical student volunteering for APEX 6. I love to travel, dabble with magic, and practice with my Bo-staff. I’m very excited to see South America for the first time, and keen on practicing the 3 years’ worth of Spanish that I forgot.
Robbie McLarenI’m a third year medical student currently intercalating in Health Sciences-Academic Medicine. I first heard about the APEX expeditions a few years ago and have been really keen to go on one since. Outside of uni I love being outdoors with interests in running, cycling, mountaineering, skiing… the list goes on!
Sean O'ReillyI’m Sean (aka Jeni x) and I’m a 4th year. The gorgeous pic is from that one time I went skiing - most of my photos are either topless or in clubs so I applied to APEX to get more wholesome outdoor pics. I HAPE to have a fun time up in the mountains and completely revolutionise altitude physiology by offering myself as a guinea pig for all the experiments.
Vivien JowettVivien is a second year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. When not studying, Vivien enjoys travelling and long walks with her dog through the countryside. Vivien took a year off before coming to university and is keen to jump back into travelling.
Isla PetrieIsla is a second year medical student and is looking forward to her first apex expedition to Bolivia. She is excited to explore South America and gain first hand experience into the research and the data collection process. She is keen to develop her Spanish and fitness on the beautiful hikes across the South American vista.
Elisha TatenoHi! – I’m Elisha, a huge fan of the outdoors whether mountains, seas, jungles, wet, hot or snow – anything that isn’t concrete! (Type 2 fun is especially welcomed). Having never been anywhere in South America, I am bursting with excitement! Please don’t think I’m weird if I try to climb every rock I see!
Ella CrowtherElla is a second year medical student (unfortunately that’s not her degree in the picture!). Outside of medicine, she likes riding ponies and playing the violin at a questionable standard. She loves the outdoors and is very excited about getting to explore completely new scenery, having never been to South America before!
Max ZinnMax is a Year 4 Medical Student at the University of Edinburgh with a love of travel, food and all things outdoors. His goal is to visit every continent and looks forward to exploring Bolivia and South America while also broadening his experiences of research outside of the lab.
Heather McAdamHi! I’m Heather, a third year medical student intercalating in Global Health Policy. Alongside my studies, I enjoy advocating for better mental health and wellbeing through research, volunteering and running a peer support group. I am also a keen traveller, having travelled through over 50 countries via tuk tuk, slow boat, kayak and more! South America is the only continent I have not visited and I am keen to learn about a new mix of cultures there.
Chris JervisI’m Chris and am super excited to be a volunteer on the APEX expedition. I am looking forward to gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges altitude poses on humans and how it might be applied to endurance athletes. I love sports (particularly hockey) and travelling so I can’t wait to embrace the Bolivian culture and see where the adventure takes me!
Louisa CaryI’m a fourth-year medical student, with an interest in space medicine. I love traveling (hopefully out of this atmosphere in the near future!) and climbing. This will be my first time in South America- I’m excited to join this amazing group to see all that it has to offer.
Charlie SimmsHi! I’m Charlie and I’m very excited to be a volunteer on APEX 6! I am currently in my final year
studying Chemistry and I am looking forward to seeing how research is done at 4700 m in
comparison to 70 m (Kings Buildings)! In my spare time I love to cook (and eat…), go to gigs and
explore Edinburgh and Scotland. I’m most excited to spend time in South America and make new friends, human and llama alike.
India DanielsI'm a Year 4 medical student who loves being up mountains and on the sea. Being in the Andes has long been a goal of mine and so I'm really looking forward to the expedition and getting a taste of extreme medicine research.
Finlay WallisFinlay is a 5th year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. His other interests are generally outdoorsy and he often goes climbing or cycling, and has also done plenty hill-walking, running and some mountaineering too. He is also a keen bagpiper, although the purpose this serves on APEX6 is up for debate! Looking forward to his first trip to South America, he aims to experience the wilderness of the Andes as much as possible.
Katharine WelchI am a fourth year chemistry student at the University of Edinburgh and am really excited to travel to South America for the first time. Outside of chemistry I enjoy dancing with the university and you can always find me relaxing with a good book!
Freya HunterFreya is a 1 st year medical student who has a keen interest in emergency and expedition medicine. Her hobbies involve rock climbing, skiing and mountaineering. She loves to travel and can’t wait to explore a new part of the world on APEX 6!
SPONSORSHIP AND GRANTS
APEX 5 has been fortunate to be sponsored by the following organisations. We thank all of our sponsors for their continued support for our expedition.