Hematology, biochemistry and physiological assessment of the Andean man in the jurisdiction of the Chimborazo fauna reserve at 3700-4000 meters above sea level, 2019-2020.
Ecuador (AEMPPI) - Universidad Regional Autonoma de los Andes, Ambato
Morphofunction laboratory, School of Medicine, Autonoma de los Andes University, Baños, Ecuador.
Dr. Emilio Carranza
Dr. Emilio Carranza
Spanish and English
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
The Andean man from Ecuador, due to the geographical characteristics, is exposed to high altitude (3700-4000 meters above sea level), which makes his values ​​of body composition, hematology and biochemistry unique, so it does not correspond to the conventional values ​​of the bibliography, because people who are analyzed are not exposed to the same conditions. So the need arises to determine what are these hematological, biochemical and physiological characteristics of the Andean man, with the purpose that when students and health professionals make an assessment of people living under these conditions, they can compare what is normal and which is pathological.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the project is to determine normal laboratory values of hematology and biochemistry of the Andean man in the jurisdiction of the Chimborazo fauna reserve at 3700-4000 meters above sea level, 2019-2020.
What techniques and methods are used?
Blood chemistry Hematological analyzes Bioimpedance of 230 body parameters (InBody 770)
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student is expected to help in the construction of the project`s theoretical framework, extraction of blood samples, assessment of body condition by using InBody 770. He or she will assist in the development of databases by managing data input, data layout, and data presentation. Databases will be created on SPSS platform. As a member of the research group the student is required to participate in the obtainment of preliminary results. An active involvement in our discussion sessions is essential for successful communication within the research group.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Seminars by the School of Medicine for the proper management of laboratory, as well as the equipment to be used bioimpedance of 230 body parameters (InBody 770),extraction of blood samples, support in analysis.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Proficiency reading in English. Basic knowledge in laboratory practices
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
All the information product of the project, as well as the personal information of each one of the patients is confidential.
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
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