Medics study dad's epic 160k km 12-day flight marathon

Sydney resident Matthias Fuchs is currently undertaking a 12-day, 160,000km flight marathon that will see him land on every continent except Antarctica.

Doctors will stody one man's epic 160k 12 day marathon around the world to see how his body copes.

Doctors will stody one man's epic 160k 12 day marathon around the world to see how his body copes. Image by Andrea_44 / CC BY 2.0

Fuchs began the extraordinary journey on 2 November to raise money and awareness for people with cystic fibrosis. It’s a cause close to Fuchs’ heart, as his 13-year-old daughter Kristen has the condition.

The Sydney father is no stranger to flying. He has kept a record of every one of the 1232 flights he has been on in his lifetime, averaging around one flight every 10 days.

However, this voyage is special in more ways than one. Researchers from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research got wind of his travels and are now using Fuchs as a human guinea pig. They will monitor him over the nearly 200 hours he spends in the air, testing the human ability to cope with jet lag and severe sleep deprivation.

New app can put you in the right direction for medical treatment while travelling.

Records will be kept of how Matthias Fuch's copes with the constant travel. Image by Justin Taylor / CC BY 2.0

The Institute's Coordinator of Medical Psychology, Delwyn Bartlett explained "We have very few records of someone continuously flying for nine days or longer and to see what happens to their sleep-wake cycle, so we're able to look at temperature, cortisol levels, and activity.”

In addition to being a win for medical researchers, Matthias Fuchs epic journey has already raised AU$200,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Sydney’s Westmead Children's Hospital.

Related content