Winners of the ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA) 2014

The ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA) and is by invitation only and we are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 awards.

The sponsorship scheme was set up to enable worthy medical candidates a chance to attend the conference. The winners learnings would then be applied to medicine in extreme, front line, disaster and relief environments, helping turn advance medical care in the situations where typically treatment would be lacking. The award also serves to promote new qualified individuals who show great promise in the area of disaster, humanitarian and remote medicine.

Dr Sanjaya Karki

Born in the beautiful landscape of Nepal where he completed his early schooling. Dr Karki later graduated from Dow Medical College, Pakistan in 2003. Since then he has been actively participating in Nepal and elsewhere for the promotion of Emergency and Extreme medicine.

After finishing medical school he was involved in the department of Emergency in Kathmandu Medical College and teaching hospital, Nepal as a medical officer. In 2008 Karki completed the European official double masters in Health and Welfare from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and EHESS – Paris, France. Soon after he was involved with Ministry of Health in association of THE GLOBAL FUND and worked as monitoring and evaluation officer in different districts if Nepal, ministering the Malaria program.

With a great passion in humanitarian activities he later joined Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland and was deployed in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Being highly committed to emergency medicine completed 3 years of residency in Emergency medicine in Norman Bethune College of medicine, China. After this he joined Grande International Hospital, Nepal in charge of the Emergency Department. He he advocated in the formation of the Emergency medical service and helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) .

He has been advocating the dire need of well equipped ambulances in underdeveloped countries like Nepal and elsewhere, where it is critical to saving lives.

Currently Dr Karki is working in the position of Scientific research fellow in the University clinic –Leipzig, Germany.  He has been working to figure out if there could be any measures to detect lung cancer in the early stage even in the Emergency department. In addition to this he has been working at finding out the role of Phospholipid transfer protein in relation of COPD.

Dr Karki is writing a book about the protocol of emergency medicine.

Dr Therese White ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA)

In April 2011 Therese was honoured to be chosen as the last UK medical student to experience a medical elective with NASA’s aerospace medical team in Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. It was a very special time to intern with the team as we were in preparation for STS-134 Endeavour- the second last ever space shuttle launch from the KSC.

During my time with NASA I trained with the Department of Defence, preparing for emergency contingency plans for launch day; explored the Space Life Science Lab and presented my research project entitled “Would I survive in space? Infectious disease and the US Space Program”. The project explored the medical obstacles that we need to overcome, to ensure safe long-haul space missions to optimise crew health. This internship sparked my fascination with aerospace medicine and how we can use microgravity as an innovative medical research platform.

Since July 2012 I have worked as a scientific advisor with The Exomedicine Institute, a unique space and technology organisation pioneering in microgravity research; of which Nobel prize winning physician Baruch Blumberg was a founding member. I have prepared a research proposal which outlines microgravity designed experiments in cystic fibrosis and gene therapy, diabetes and infectious disease. With the highly motivated, inspiring and talented Exomedicine team, there are exciting initiatives being prepared for microgravity research being launched and experimented on the International Space Station over the next three years.