© Eurac Research/Annelie Bortolotti

It’s been almost three years now since I began working at Eurac Research as a statistician. From my first day I was sure that with so many different institutes I would be analysing a rich variety of topics and data.

It continues to be an interesting challenge for me and brings me a lot of satisfaction. But I never thought that the themes at Eurac Research would somehow relate to my passion of reading biographies of famous people. I recently read the biography of Wanda Rutkiewicz, a Polish mountain climber. She was the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and the first woman to successfully climb K2. Reading the stories of her ascents, I was delighted to recognise the same medical symptoms that I study with the team of mountain emergency medicine experts under Hermann Brugger and Katharina Hüfner from Innsbruck Medical University. Together we are classifying episodes of psychosis from exposure to extreme altitudes. Wanda recounted that while climbing Cho Oyu she had hallucinations, and that during her K2 expedition she heard voices calling her name… I am very curious what other research themes at Eurac Research I will find in the next biography I will read.

Agnieszka Stawinoga
Statistician – Eurac Research

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