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HAPE (high altitude pulmonary oedema) is a devastating form of altitude sickness that can rapidly progress to death. We still don’t fully understand what causes HAPE. By working out what makes HAPE-susceptible people different, we aim to develop new treatments in the future that could potentially save lives in the mountains. Because the same processes affect patients in intensive care units, this research may also help people who are desperately sick at low altitudes with infections or serious injuries.

To do this, we have developed a database of previous HAPE-sufferers from anywhere in the world who might consider participating in research studies. Some of these studies might involve nothing more than a questionnaire, and some may involve blood samples or genetic testing. Your name will be held privately and your details will not be shared with anyone.

Alternatively, if you have ever travelled above 3500m and did not get HAPE, we would also like to hear from you, because we need a group of healthy people to compare to the HAPE-sufferers. 

After you register with the database, we'll pretty much leave you alone. If we receive a request from a physician doing research in your area, we will let you know directly, but we will never give out your contact details. Your details will be held securely and we will never give them to anyone else.

Register by sending an email to

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