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Kay Mitchell

Expedition Administrator, Xtreme Everest 2

Professional Biography

Kay Mitchell is a Critical Care Research Area Senior Research Manager at the Southampton NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, UK. She is a key member of the team organising medical research expeditions at the UCL Centre for Altitude Space and Extreme Environment (CASE) Medicine. These have included the Caudwell Xtreme Everest expedition (2007) and Xtreme Everest 2, which took place in March 2013. These expeditions involve using healthy volunteers to improve our understanding of the effects of hypoxia, and thus develop treatments to improve outcomes. A key feature is the use of CPET to examine oxygen efficiency and utilisation, and Kay helped deliver CPET testing on a number of the expeditions. Kay also set up and developed the clinical cardiopulmonary exercise testing service at the Whittington and UCL hospitals in London in 2007 in collaboration with Professor Mike Grocott.

Kay works within the critical care, anaesthesia, and perioperative medicine research team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. As part of this role, she supports nurses and allied health professionals to develop and deliver research proposals. Kay is also the NMAHP Training Lead for the Southampton Academy of Research. This was set up to develop research capacity and capability amongst healthcare research professionals and scientists.

Kay studied at the Oxford School of Nursing before completing a BSc in Human Sciences at UCL. She has worked as an intensive care nurse at UCLH and the Homerton hospital in London, focusing on practice development and education. She completed her MSc in Adult Critical Care at Imperial College London in 2007. She moved her base to Southampton in August 2012, and is registered for a PhD in epigenetic markers of adaptation to hypoxia.