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Extreme Physiology & Medicine

Extreme Physiology & Medicine will cease to be published by BioMed Central as of 28th January 2018. BioMed Central will continue to host an archive of all articles previously published in the journal, and all articles published in Extreme Physiology & Medicine during its time with BioMed Central will remain fully searchable via the BioMed Central website.


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Editors’ profiles

Mike GrocottMike Grocott, Editor-in-Chief

Mike Grocott is professor of anaesthesia and critical care at the University of Southampton and a consultant in critical care medicine at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust. He leads the Centre for Human Integrative Physiology, University of Southampton and previously co-founded and directed (2000-2011) the UCL Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine. He chairs the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Hypoxia Research Consortium and the Fit-4-Surgery Research Collaboration. He has led a number of high altitude medical research expeditions, most notably the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest expedition: the largest systematic field study of hypobaric hypoxia to date, with 222 subjects studied at Everest Base Camp and physiological measurements at up to 8400 metres.

Hugh MontgomeryHugh Montgomery, Editor-in-Chief

Hugh Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care medicine at University College London (UCL), where he also directs the Institute for Human Health and Performance. His work has focussed (although not exclusively) on the use of genetic tools to understand human physiological responses to environmental stimuli, as a means to explore their dysregulation in complex disease states. He thus reported the first association of a genetic variant with human physical performance. He has since described the role of genetic variants in influencing the human cardiac, metabolic and musculoskeletal responses to exercise. In systems biology, his work has explored the roles of tissue and cellular renin-angiotensin systems in health and disease. He also has a strong interest in the human adaptive response to hypoxia – being science lead for the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition, and publishing on the population genetic aspects of high-altitude adaptation.


Mike Grocott, University of Southampton, UK
Hugh Montgomery, University College London, UK

Aims and scope

Extreme Physiology & Medicine is an open access journal focussing on integrative human physiology under conditions of physiological stress, including that exerted by extreme environments, exercise and certain clinical conditions.

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Article collections

Thematic series
Moving in extreme environments
Edited by James Cotter and Mike Tipton

Cross-journal article collection
Edited by Martin Brand, Navdeep Chandel, Andrew Murray (on behalf of Extreme Physiology & Medicine), Jodi Nunnari and Peter Walter

Thematic series
Career perspectives

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Featured article: Three years of <i>Extreme Physiology & Medicine</i>

Our Editors-in-Chief Hugh and Mike mark the third anniversary of the launch of Extreme Physiology & Medicine with an Editorial reviewing the journal's progress so far.  What do you think?  Are we achieving our vision?

Featured article: Faculty of Prehospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh guidance for medical provision for wilderness medicine

Leading healthcare professionals and expedition providers were brought together by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC) of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to form a panel with three key objectives:

  1. Provide guidance to ensure the best possible medical care for patients within the geographical, logistical and human factor constraints of an expedition environment.
  2. Give aspiring and established expedition medics a ‘benchmark’ of skills they should meet.
  3. Facilitate expedition organisers in selecting the most appropriate medical cover and provider for their planned activity.

This commentary outlines the panel's recommendations for providing medical care on expeditions in wilderness environments.


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