Aberdeen Guyana Research Expedition 2015

by eagray in Aberdeen

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On 24th October 2015 we successfully raised £1,545 with 31 supporters in 28 days

A 4 week expedition to Guyana to research the effects of westernisation on the indigenous Amerindian communtities in the Guyanese Interior.

by eagray in Aberdeen

New stretch target

Due to the student led nature of this expedition, we are running it on an absolutely minimilist budget. Any additional funds that are generously donated shall go towards slightly less basic suppies and equipment such as electric scales and portable stadiometers. Any additional funding will allow us to remain longer in Guyana.

Project aim

A 4 week expedition to Guyana to research the effects of westernisation on the indigenous Amerindian communtities there.

About the project

Who we are

We are a group of medical students at the University of Aberdeen with a passion for research and expedition medicine! Three members of the team are graduates with scientific backgrounds currently studying medicine, three are 3rd year medical students and there will be one fully qualified doctor.

What is our project?

This october we are aiming to be the first ever group to document the potential increased health risks of people living in indigenous communities in Guyana, who are gradually becoming exposed to a western diet and lifestyle.

A group of Guyanese medical students will be joining us and will help us collect data from non Amerinidian Guyanese that we can compare our results against.

We will be working with the University of Guyana and with the approval of the Ministries of Health and Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, as well as any individual villages we visit.

Why is it important?

Similar studies in other countries have found an increased risk of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke) in indigenous communities who are exposed to a western diet and lifestyle, but it is not known why this is. If a similar increased risk is found in the indigenous communities of Guyana, awareness can be raised and people protected.

An important part of this project is that we share what we find with everyone who is involved, including all the people who have kindly agreed to be participants, the university of Guyana and the ministry of health and the ministry of Amerinidan affairs. We hope this will stimulate further homegrown research within Guyana.

How will we carry this out?

We will be asking people to complete a general lifestyle survey, measuring their BMI (body mass index) and Hip to waist ratio as well as measuring their blood pressure and peak expiratory flow.

These factors can be used to predict health risks, for example, the risk of cardiovascular disease, respiratory dissorders and strokes. 

Where are we going?

We will be visiting Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, to liase with students from the University of Guyana. We will then be heading into Guyanas jungelous region, The Interior. 

Our first basecamp will be at the Caimen House Research Station near our first village of Yupukari. After this we move on to the villages of Katoka, Massara, Rewa and finally Apoteri.

To get between each village we shall be using the jungle highways, in the form of small boats on the Rupununi and Rewa rivers.


The total cost of the project including accomodation, insurance, travel and medical equipment is £15,000. We are all making personal contributions and are lucky enough to have been awarded the Scientific Exploration Society Rivers Foundation Award for Health and Humanities and the University of Aberdeen Principle's Excellence Fund. However, we are still short of our target and are very grateful for any contribution you can make!

Thank you!

To show our appreciation every supporter will recieve a thank you message and there are other rewards as well! Thank you so much for looking at our page and considering our research!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Email updates on the project and a personalised thank you email.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Email updates on the project and a personalised thank you postcard from the expedition team while they are in Guyana.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Email updates on the project, a personalied thank you postcard from Guyana and photos from the expedition.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Email updates on the project, a personalised thank you post card from the team in Guyana and a photo album detailing the entire expedition.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Any corporate sponsers will have their logo displayed on team kits, website, facebook and twitter, in addition to all the same rewards as for the £100 donation.

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