We are delighted to welcome veteran explorer and writer Sir Ranulph Fiennes as guest speaker at the World Extreme Medicine Conference.
Fiennes was the first person to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot, and in 1984 was recognised as the “world’s greatest living explorer” by The Guinness Book of World Records.
The veteran explorer is still breaking records and undertaking expeditions, and in April this year is taking part in the ‘toughest footrace on Earth’; the Marathon des Sables in Morocco. If he completes it, he will be the oldest Briton ever to have done so. Fiennes, who has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists, is bound to be an enthralling speaker…
Now in its fifth year, the World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and introduces new ideas about medicine at its most remote and austere. We join together in one arena, four disparate but overlapping medical fields; Pre-hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition, and Extreme medicine, to present new ideas and experiences from leading experts in their field.
New for 2015, are speakers on nanotechnology, remote diagnosis tools, extreme physiology and endurance sports medicine. We will also be considering the impact of climate change on global health, as well as the impact of conflict on civilians.
Always keen to inspire debate, our Innovation Platform will see ambitious medics pitching their ideas for small research grants before an expert panel.
The conference opens for registrations on March 29th 2015
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We are delighted to welcome World Champion table football player, Francesco Bonnano to this year’s Extreme Medicine Conference, invited by conflict mediation specialist, Emily Knox, who is also an international standard table football player and promotes the sport to improve social cohesion across the globe. Emily in her role as President of the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) Education Commission, works in partnership with Peace & Sport to introduce table football into public schools and centres that promote disaster preparedness, most recently in the Great Lakes of Africa and is currently working on a new project for Nepal.
Foosball for wheelchair users, ‘wheelfoos’ is already a big sport in Italy and the Extreme Medicine Conference is delighted to offer Emily and Francesco a platform to highlight how it could be fantastic addition to hospitals and recovery centres across the UK.
Francesco has offered to train any wheelchair users who would like to try out the table at the exhibition stand and has offered up a ‘Beat the Champ’ challenge, playing two non-disabled people, if you feel you’re ready for him!
Show off your moves in the exhibitor’s area!
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.
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.
London’s Air Ambulance & Extreme Medicine to host two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop
For 25 years London’s Air Ambulance has been at the forefront of pre-hospital emergency medicine, gaining a reputation for clinical excellence and pioneering procedures which have been adopted across the world.
Next month, ahead of the World Extreme Medicine Expo, on the 6th and 7th of November, London’s Air Ambulance is hosting a two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop as a precursor to the Extreme Medicine Conference 2014 to give delegates and medical practitioners an insight into the work of the charity and to share some of its advanced practices.
The charity has achieved survival figures for traumatic cardiac arrest and pre-hospital thoracotomy, and success rates for adult and paediatric intubation, which are among the highest in the world.
The workshop will give practitioners the opportunity to get involved with medical demonstrations and scenario based exercises while also providing access to the senior consultants and paramedics responsible for London’s Air Ambulance governance, major incident planning, research and innovation.
Speaking about the event, consultant and education lead, Dr Gareth Grier said: “London’s Air Ambulance has treated over 31,000 patients, which we recognise is a huge amount of experience and learning developed over 25 years. By passing on this knowledge we can help to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards”.
“Many of the techniques we have pioneered have become widespread as a result of being heard and talked about at events such as this one. During the workshop we will be showcasing some of our more recent innovations, REBOA being one of them, discussing the future of pre-hospital care, challenging conventional wisdom and hopefully, inspiring the next generation of trauma specialists”.
Earlier this year London’s Air Ambulance became the first service to perform roadside balloon surgery to control severe internal bleeding on a patient who had fallen from height. Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) is just one of the practical demonstrations delegates can participate in amid a programme that will look at biological terrorism, crew resource management at complex pre-hospital scenes and the role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters.
Introduction and overview of London’s Air Ambulance and Pre-hospital Care in the UK
The role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters
Crew Resource Management at complex pre-hospital scenes
The medical response to major incidents in London
Pre-hospital advanced airway
Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)
Pre-hospital blood transfusion in civilian trauma
Damage control anaesthesia – lessons from Afghanistan and London
Opportunities for medical students in pre-hospital care
Paramedic scene leadership during advanced pre-hospital interventions
Defying medical dogma – case studies from the pre-hospital phase
The future in pre-hospital care Nanorobots and suspended animation
Various scenario based training exercises
By day Mark Wilson is a Neurosurgeon at Imperial. He also works with London’s Air Ambulance. His specialist area is acute brain problems especially traumatic brain injury (and in particular it’s hyperacute management), but in his spare time he is the developer of a life-saving mobile phone called GoodSAM that crowd sources off-duty doctors, nurses and paramedics to local life threatening emergencies.
Mark has worked extensively overseas both clinically and as an expedition doctor. Locations include India, Nepal, the Arctic, South Africa, and Australia as a GP and as a researcher with NASA. His research areas include the effects of altitude and microgravity on the cerebral circulation, the former of which he extensively researched during the 2007 Xtreme Everest expedition.
He authored The Medic’s Guide to Work and Electives Around the World in 2000 which is now in it’s 3rd edition.
GoodSAM an App that crowd sources off-duty doctors, nurses and paramedics to local life threatening emergencies – GoodSAM. Please take a look and register!
From the British Red Cross We are looking to launch a recruitment campaign to recruit Doctors and Nurses to staff our urgent response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Working with the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and we are working to provide additional staff for an isolation unit in Sierra Leone.
We are looking for are qualified and trained medical staff who will be able deploy for a period of around one month. Please note that if an individual is currently patient facing then there would also be a 3 week quarantine period at home in the UK before they could return to normal clinical work. These posts would be paid positions with the British Red Cross.
If any individuals are interested to apply we would ask them to send a CV and cover letter to [email protected]. We would then have a process of interview, training, medical check and briefing including discussions of insurance and security, before a deployment.
Please mention ‘Expedition & Wilderness‘ when making contact
We are very pleased to announce that our conferences have been accredited by ACRRM.
About the ACRRM. The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is one of two colleges accredited by the Australian Medical Council for setting professional medical standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development in the specialty of general practice. It also plays an important role in supporting junior doctors and medical students considering a career in rural general practice.
The College is committed to delivering sustainable, high-quality health services to rural and remote communities by providing quality education programs, innovative support, and strong representation for doctors who serve those communities.
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The genetic secrets of a species of frog that hibernates for months could hold the key to safer space voyages, say scientists.
Researchers from the University of Queensland, headed up by Extreme Medicine speaker Professor Craig Franklin, say that ability of the burrowing frog species Cyclorana alboguttata (pictured) to maintain muscle mass while dormant could help overcome the problem of astronaut’s own muscles deteriorating during long trips in zero gravity.
Although floating weightless in space is something many would-be astronauts dream of, this unique environment takes its toll – leaving muscles drastically under-used and causing a number of health problems from tendonitis to fat accumulation.
With a manned mission to Mars taking anywhere between 39 and 289 days depending on how close the planet is, astronauts would certainly benefit from anything that ensured they were in top physical condition upon arrival on the planet’s surface.
Scientists studying the frog say that that one of its genes known as ‘survivin’ could help. When faced with droughts in their native Australia, the frog survives by burrowing underground and covering itself with a cocoon of shed skin.
This keeps them relatively insulated from harm – but the survivin gene is necessary to protect them from their own bodies. Cells have many different ‘suicide mechanisms’ but one in particular kicks in to remove matter that is apparently damaged – something it judges by long periods of inactivity. Survivin stops this from happening.
“If we can understand the cell signalling pathways that confer resistance to muscle wasting, then these could be useful candidates to study in mammalian muscle atrophy,” said PhD student Beau Reilly in a press release.
“These could help to develop therapies to treat bedridden human patients or even astronauts, who frequently lose muscle tone when exposed to reduced-gravity conditions.”
This sort of research could be even more important for journeys into space further afield than Mars. If scientists can’t develop faster propulsion technology in the future then even travelling to nearby stars could take tens of thousands of years.
“I am fascinated in animals that survive in extreme conditions” said Miss Reilly. “I think humans and modern medicine could learn a great deal from organisms such as burrowing frogs”.
Meet Professor Franklin and a whole galaxy of other thought provoking speakers including NASA doc Micheal Barrett at the next Extreme Medicine Conference in London
Operation Wallacea undertakes biodiversity monitoring and conservation research expeditions in countries across the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. We need medics urgently for 2-8week contracts on a variety of expeditions including: Madagascar, Honduras and Mexico.
Many of our projects are in developing countries where medical facilities are poor, and we are generally based in remote areas, so we rely on the help of volunteer medics to join our teams and provide medical support for the staff and students on site. Accommodation, meals and a travel bursary (which varies in size depending on how long you are available for) will be provided.
Being a medic on expedition generally involves giving health and safety briefings to incoming participants, providing a daily clinic session and being available for emergencies at other times.
You are free to join the research projects for most of the time, as long as you remain within a reasonable distance of the camp at which you are based so it is a great opportunity to get out and involved in research and conservation in some truly amazing locations.
If this sounds like it may be of interest and you are free from two to eight weeks between June and August then please send a copy of your resume to Caroline Acton at [email protected]
We are privileged and humbled by all the support that this years Extreme Medicine Conference is receiving. We are so honoured that the London HEMS Team is joining us to offer a two pre conference Pre-Hospital Care Courses – talk about learning from the best!!
About London’s Air Ambulance is the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London. The service provides pre-hospital medical care at the scene of the incident and serves the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25.
Based at The Royal London Hospital and founded in 1989, the service operates 24/7, with the helicopter running in daylight hours and rapid response cars taking over at night and in adverse weather conditions.
The team, which at all times includes an advanced trauma doctor and paramedic, perform advanced medical interventions, normally only found in the hospital Emergency Department, in time critical, life threatening situations. Missions commonly involve serious road traffic collisions, falls from height, industrial accidents, assaults and injuries on the rail network.
London’s Air Ambulance has an international reputation for clinical excellence and delivers pioneering procedures that have been adopted across the world.
The Institute for Pre-Hospital Care. For twenty-five years, London’s Air Ambulance has been a leader in the development and practice of pre-hospital care. Through its research, innovation and education activities, as well as the professional affiliations and publications of its clinical leadership, it has influenced clinical guidelines, governance standards and the practice of numerous air ambulances, in the U.K. and abroad.
The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance (www.IoPHC.co.uk) was founded in 2013 to build on and expand this influence. Its mission is to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards and practice through research, innovation and education; and by fostering collaboration across medical disciplines and institutions dedicated to improving outcomes for people afflicted by critical injury and illness.
In 2014, The Institute created, and will deliver, the UK’s first undergraduate degree in pre-hospital medicine, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London.
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Extreme Medicine Conference 8-11 November 2014, Royal Society of Medicine, London
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is delighted to endorse the Extreme Medicine Conference Series. The subject matter, close to his heart, brings together the disparate but complimentary, and often overlapping fields, of Extreme & Expedition, Humanitarian & Disaster and Pre Hospital Care medicine.
It is medicine that saves the lives of not only the most remote explorer but also populations devastated by natural disasters, covering the most in need in the most vulnerable of places.
The conference serves to bring global leaders in these areas to share knowledge, network and introduce new equipment and techniques as well as presenting cutting edge research. It is this excellence in extremes which Sir Ranulph is proud to be associated with.
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Craig Franklin Deputy Head of School, Professor in Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland
We are delighted to welcome Professor Craig Frankln to our speakers lined up for the next Extreme Medicine Conference in London. Biologist and Professor of Zoology at The University of Queensland, Australia, Craig Franklin has been studying fish, sharks, frogs and reptiles for more than 25 years.
Craig acts as the Director of Research for the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, chair of the Animal Section for the Society for Experimental Biology (London, UK) and an editor for the Journal of Experimental Biology (Cambridge, UK).
Examining how animals respond to environmental change and how they function within their environment has taken Craig on expeditions from the tropics to the poles. Craig has published over 200 scientific articles, including papers in the prestigious journals Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the Royal Society.
The underlying emphasis and direction of Professor Franklin’s research deals with the flexibility and plasticity of physiological systems in organisms especially in response to extreme conditions and environmental change. He ask questions about how animals interact with their environment and takes an integrative approach, examining animal performance and then explores the physiological, biochemical and molecular changes and mechanisms that underlie the whole animal traits.
Professor Franklin, is a strong proponent of wildlife conservation and has a number of research projects assessing the impact of environmental change and human disturbance on threatened species. He maintains a strong interest in highlighting the threats to the conservation of wildlife in Antarctica, which he covers in his book “Antarctica Cruising Guide” AWA Press. He has undertaken 10 research expeditions to Antarctica.
He has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes during his career, including being appointed as an Australian Professorial Fellow by the Australian Research Council; receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Göteborg, Sweden; and receiving the President’s Medal from the Society for Experimental Biology, UK. He is also acknowledged as an outstanding teacher, being a recipient of The University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Teaching and a finalist (twice) in the Australian Awards for University Teaching.
The world famous London Air Ambulance team will be joining the Extreme Medicine Conference in 2014 not only as highlighted speakers during the main conference but also partnering to deliver a pre conference trauma workshop.
London’s Air Ambulance features in BBC Two – An Hour To Save Your Life (#AHTSYL) – 3-part series starting 4th March, 9pm
This new series looks at innovations in emergency medicine and the improvements in patient outcomes as a result of doctor-led pre-hospital care and fast-tracking heart attack/cardiac arrest, stroke and trauma patients to specialist centres.
It was filmed over the summer of 2013, spending two months with London’s Air Ambulance including with our Physician Response Unit (PRU), a medical emergency fast response team who are tasked to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, at The Royal London and London Chest Hospitals and with the London Ambulance Service. Filming also took place in Nottingham and Birmingham.
Across the three programmes, nine patient stories are featured, five of these are involving London’s Air Ambulance in the pre-hospital phase. The key clinicians involved in each patient case conducted in-depth retrospective interviews so the style of the programmes is very much clinicians taking the audience through what happens.
Watch the film here…
Prior to the World Extreme Medicine Conference in Boston we ran, with the very generous assistance of numerous Boston emergency services organisations an amazingly worthwhile pre conference workshop concentrating on the learnings from dealing with mass casualties.
This video explains more;
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