January 20th, 2010

Medical Miracle Nears a Milepost

By Kelley Luckstein

In the dozen years since brain surgery brought relief from debilitating epileptic seizures, Diane Van Deren has become one of the world’s top endurance runners…

 

Van Deren left for South America on Monday to climb Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere — twice…Van Deren’s body and mind will be continuously monitored by a research team from the Mayo Clinic, using state-of-the-art equipment…

 

Dr. Bruce Johnson, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, wants to know how Van Deren does it. He and several associates will accompany the expedition to the summit the first time, testing Van Deren’s physical and cognitive skills as she fights the effect of altitude. During Van Deren’s speed ascent, the Mayo team will use wireless instruments to monitor a wide range of vital signs.

 

NY Times by John Branch, 1/20/10

Tags: endurance runner, epileptic seizures, Neurology, Research

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