Science on Tap
Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions
Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs. Presenters begin at 6:30 pm with food and drink available beginning at 6:00 pm. A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.
Monday, April 11th 2016
The Old Man in the Mountain Really Exists: Do people living at altitude have longer life spans?
Presented By Dr. Benjamin Honigman
More people travel annually to heights of 7-10,000 feet in Colorado than they do anywhere else in the world. We know that about 25% develop a mild form of altitude sickness while many fewer develop more serious forms. Much less is known about what happens to individuals who live at these elevations over a long period of time. Almost one million people in Colorado live above 7000 feet.
Colorado offers a robust "laboratory" in which to investigate the impact of living at moderate elevations on heart and lung problems, cancer, pregnancy and other conditions. "Hypoxia" or the lack of oxygen is the underlying cause of altitude sickness and is also a fundamental problem in many disease states. We will explore what we know and what we hope to discover about this fascinating public health issue.
Dr. Benjamin Honigman is Professor and Founding Chair of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Outreach, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver. In 2003, he started the Altitude Research Center at the medical school and was the Medical Director of the Altitude Medicine Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital from 2003 -2014. Dr. Honigman has published over 100 papers in the areas of altitude medicine, and trauma care. He has been instrumental in the development of a strong research and educational program in emergency medicine and in altitude medicine at School of Medicine. His main interest in altitude is the adaptation of visitors to moderate altitude and the impact of altitude on medical conditions for individuals living at moderate elevation.
Science on Tap is a free event and reservations are not required; however, you’ll need to pay for any drinks and food. Jack Quinn’s is located downtown at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903.
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