Extreme & Expedition Medicine Video Library

World Extreme Medicine Conference – the world’s largest gathering of expedition medics.

Experience the conference through our exciting collection of videos from past WEM conferences. Learn from the most amazing bunch of expedition medics who are taking medicine to the extreme around the world and into Space, be motivated to kick-start your career in extreme medicine and network with the world’s most respected names in Extreme Medicine.

This amazing worldwide gathering of eclectic medical minds, expedition medicine thought-leaders and extreme adventurers gives you access to one of the most energetic and unique networks in the universe – a truly compelling and enticing proposition for our global audience of medical professionals.

Previous WEM Conference Welcome Messages...

July 2018: What do NASA think of the World Extreme Medicine Conference?

NASA Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, based on the International Space Station (ISS), kindly took time out of her busy schedule to send the World Extreme Medicine Conference a superb message of support and give her thoughts on the annual World Extreme Medicine Conference.

Expedition Medicine at the extremes!!

April 2016: When astronauts speak about the World Extreme Medicine Conference...

ESA – European Space Agency Astronaut Maj Tim Peake kindly sent us this message on why he believes the WEM Conference is so relevant and important and tells us how he admires the skills & professional expertise required to practice expeditionary medicine, despite limited resources.

June 2016: Parkour meets medicine…

Need something to whet your appetite for the World Extreme Medicine Conference?
At World Extreme Medicine we are all about opening doors, building networks and presenting the opportunities for you to use your medical degree to make it the most powerful qualification in the world. N.B. Free running to our venue is optional!

September 2016: International Space Station crew welcomes the World Extreme Medicine Conference '16

We are literally ‘over the moon’ with the welcome that NASA Astronaut Dr Kate Rubins’ on the International Space Station filmed for our World Extreme Medicine Conference ’16!

Kate has the distinction of being the first person to sequence DNA in Space and is a strong exponent of the benefits of expedition medicine.

Previous WEM Conference Guest Speakers...

November 2018: Day 1 Extreme, Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Introduction

An introduction to extreme medicine from WEM Co-founder, Mark Hannaford, and our Day 1 Chairs: Laura Penhaul & Chris Imray.

November 2018: Day 1 - Chris Imray; New Research into the Effects of Altitude on Brain Activity

Prof. Chris Imray talked about new research that highlights altitude impacts on physiology, including insights from carotid surgery and cerebral pathologies; as well as introducing the concept of Extreme Altitude Cerebral Dysfunction.

November 2018: Day 1 - The Ice Maidens; Antarctic Crossing

#WEM18 saw the British Army’s six-woman Ice Maidens present on their incredible expedition where they clocked up an impressive 1,700 kilometres skiing across Antarctica on muscle power alone in a 61-day expedition. Plus, they also presented new research based on performance at extremes.

November 2018: Day 1 – ‘Innovation in Extremes’ with Scott Parazynski

Scott’s talk firstly examined the ability of the most extreme environments, such as Space, high altitude, deep sea and volcanic areas. He then considered the ability of such environments to produce ‘disruptive innovation’.

November 2018: Day 1 – ‘Is there any point to Expeditions?’ with Steve Jones

Steve looked at the greatest feats of human endurance in the polar regions, especially Antarctica, and analysed some of the historical journeys and compared them with the latest unsupported journeys.

November 2018: Day 1 – ‘Taking Medicines to the Extremes’ with Mike Stroud

As well as talking about The Poles and expedition medicine, Mike also discussed the concept of ‘Teleology’ and how we look and respond to extreme environments from an evolutionary perspective.

November 2018: Day 1 – ‘Preparation for Moon and Mars: The Future of Space Travel’ with Marc O'Grioffa

Marc discusses and describes in detail how as we start looking at moving beyond lower orbit the preparations we do for astronauts and crews, for understanding the medical implications of long duration space flight beyond earth orbit become much more important.

November 2018: Day 1 – ‘EVA Operations’ with Scott Parazynski

EVA – Extravehicular Activity or ‘Space Crawling’

NASA astronaut and explorer Scott examined EVA physiology and operations, with real-world examples from his career that included 7 spacewalks.

November 2018: Day 1 – ‘Ocean Rowing’ with Roz Savage

As the first (and so far only) woman to row solo across the world’s ‘Big Three’ oceans – the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian – Roz joined us on stage and shared her unique story and her theoretical and very practical experience of radical personal transformation. She inspired other like-minded adventurers to think again about what is possible and how they can reach their full potential.

November 2018: Day 1 – ‘Cold Hands, Warm Heart’ with Mike Tipton

Can you tell if you are cold? Can anyone else tell if you are cold, even if they have a thermometer? In his presentation, Prof Mike Tipton reviewed the perception of cold, the impact of cold on the body, the measurement of body temperate, the consequences of cooling in air and water and the nature and treatment of cold-related problems in the field.

November 2018: Day 2 Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine Introduction

Steve Mannion & Josie Gilday welcome you to Day 2 of #WEM18 – Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine.

November 2018: Day 2 – Interview with Paul Conroy by Saleyha Ahsan

Filmmaker and journalist Dr Saleyha Ahsan interviews Paul Conway, a freelance photographer and filmmaker who works in the British media. A former soldier with the Royal Artillery between 1980 and 1987, he has since worked extensively as a journalist in combat zones, producing footage from conflicts in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Libya.

November 2018: Day 2 – ‘The rise in the global CBRN Terror Threat and the lessons learnt from the Salisbury Novichock attack’ with Hamish De Bretton Gordon

Hamish talks about the relatively new threat, the CBRN threat in the humanitarian space around the world.

November 2018: Day 2 – ‘Healthcare in Detention, the challenges of delivering health care to refugees & asylum seekers in the Libyan detention system’ with Jacob Goldberg

Jacob described the many challenges in delivering healthcare in the deplorable conditions of the detention centres. He highlighted the 10-fold increase that occurred in a matter of weeks in late 2017 and the MSF action-assessment of the detention centre in Zuwara, which included a mass scabies treatment campaign of 1000 people.

November 2018: Day 2 – Doctors Under Fire Panel Discussion

A discussion about the risk that health care providers are having to endure when delivering healthcare in the humanitarian space worldwide.

November 2018: Day 2 – ‘Challenges of Diptheria Bangladesh Response from the UK's Perspective’ with Derek Sloan

A presentation by Derek Sloan about the UK’s response to the Bangladesh CRISS to the Rohingya migrants.

November 2018: Day 2 – ‘MSF Paris Emergency Team you don't have to be a doctor’ with Natalie Roberts

Think you need to be a doctor to deploy with an Emergency Humanitarian Response team? Think again. MSF doctor, Natalie Roberts, shares her experience of being part of a role-diverse 24 hour response team; revealing cases encountered during 2018, from conflict and natural disasters to epidemics and vaccination campaigns.

November 2018: Day 2 – ‘Battle of Mosul’ with Emily Mayhew

Dr Mayhew explained the origins of our modern humanitarian response to conflict, how it is changing right now, and what we all need to do about it.

November 2018: Day 2 – ‘Challenges of Maritime Medicine for The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis’ with Will Sharp

Dr Will Sharp discusses some of the challenges him and his team faced during rescues lasting over 60 hours as part of ‘Operation Litten’ in the Mediterranean.

November 2018: Day 2 – ‘South Sudan Deployment’ with Cat Davison

Following an 8-month peace keeping mission in South Sudan as a Deputy Force Medical Officer for the United Nations missions, Cat Davison, GP and Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force shares her experiences and the challenges both her and her team faced.

November 2018: Day 3 – ‘USS in Extreme/ Austere Environments’ with Gaynor Prince

Gaynor talks about ultrasound in remote and austere environments and how technology and is filtering down and our becoming a big part of our treatment and patient care.

November 2018: Day 3 – ‘Thai Cave Rescue’ with Richard Harris

A brilliant and incredibly inspiring session with Dr Richard Harris of the Thai Cave Rescue ringing-in to #WEM18 and talking through the medical aspects of that amazing rescue!
How to think outside the box to achieve the seemingly impossible!

November 2018: Day 3 – ‘Retrieval in the Arctic Winter’ with Tim Nutbean

How to, (and more importantly how not to) retrieve a critically unwell patient from Antarctica in the winter. In this talk, Tim describes the UK’s first winter retrieval from Antarctica.

November 2018: Day 3 – ‘Tactical Medical Support to UK Counter-Terrorism; Filling the Therapeutic Vacuum’ with Niall Aye Maung

Niall talks about our medical response to terrorist events in the UK and draw on some of the experiences gained from the military.

November 2018: Day 3 – ‘Pre-Hospital Paediatrics: Don't Panic! How to stay calm and effective when you're in the calvary’ with Pete Williams

Pete discusses what to do in a pre-hospital setting and the differences and subtleties in treating paedriatric patients.

November 2018: Day 3 – ‘NASA Space & Deep-Sea Exploration’ with Rick Linnehan

NASA astronaut Rick tells us what it’s like to fly in space as well covering a brief history and basic space physiology.

November 2018: Day 3 – ‘Both sides of the story’ by HEMS Senior Paramedic; Eoin Walker

Eoin Walker, paramedic and trauma lead for WEM, and patient Vicky give their own account of events in this remarkable story.

November 2018: Day 3 – ‘Spirit of Adventure’ with Will Duffin

In this thought-provoking, uplifting and entertaining session Will examined the extreme medicine paradigm in reverse. How can we take the ‘spirit’ of adventure and an adventure mindset back into our day job as NHS clinicians to make us more resilient, effective and fulfilled? What lessons can we learn from some of the great adventurers that would help us in the way we approach healthcare?

November 2017: Secrets of How to Have a Compatible Medical and Expedition Career #FLEXMed (PART 1)

Exclusively unveiled at the 2017 World Extreme Medicine Conference, our panel of experts Saleyha Ashan, Linda Dykes, Pauline Cutting, Daniel Sedgewick, Alex Rowe and Sundeep Dhillon discussed how you can approach and introduce a flexible working system into your hospital department that could save you money as well as offering a variety of benefits for all medical staff – FLEXmed!

November 2017: Secrets of How to Have a Compatible Medical and Expedition Career #FLEXMed (PART 2)

Exclusively unveiled at the 2017 World Extreme Medicine Conference, our panel of experts Saleyha Ashan, Linda Dykes, Pauline Cutting, Daniel Sedgewick, Alex Rowe and Sundeep Dhillon discussed how you can approach and introduce a flexible working system into your hospital department that could save you money as well as offering a variety of benefits for all medical staff – FLEXmed!

November 2017: Interview with #WEM17 guest speaker Luca Alfatti

Fresh off the plane, Luca Alfatti, award-winning expedition leader and medic tells us what he’s been up to in Iran over the last few weeks and what he’ll be talking about in his workshop at #WEM17

Luca Alfatti, award winning expedition leader and medic tells us what he’s been up to! Don’t miss his work shop on at 4.30pm today!

Posted by World Extreme Medicine on Saturday, 25 November 2017

November 2017: Spaceflight Analogues for Future Exploratory Missions / Long Duration Missions (PART 1)

Listen to information on Spaceflight Analogues for Future Exploratory Missions / Long Duration Missions from the panel Beth Healey, Research MD for the European Space Agency; Marc O’Griofa, Doctor and Aquanaut; Mike Barratt, NASA Astronaut and Physician and Nathan Smith, Senior Research Scientist.

November 2017: Spaceflight Analogues for Future Exploratory Missions / Long Duration Missions (PART 2)

Listen to information on Spaceflight Analogues for Future Exploratory Missions / Long Duration Missions from the panel Beth Healey, Research MD for the European Space Agency; Marc O’Griofa, Doctor and Aquanaut; Mike Barratt, NASA Astronaut and Physician and Nathan Smith, Senior Research Scientist.

November 2017: The Battle for Mosul - a paramedic view at WEM17

Andrew Mott, a critical care paramedic and firefighter has been involved with international development and disaster relief for many years and this lecture focuses on the medical responses to the Mosul conflict in Iraq through his eyes as a paramedic, working alongside the Iraqi soldiers on the front line.

The Battle for Mosul - a paramedic view at WEM17

Posted by World Extreme Medicine on Monday, 27 November 2017

World Extreme Medicine Conference Workshops

Caught in the Middle of a Multiple Casualty Terrorist Attack

*Best watched with the volume on!*

The first few minutes of a multiple casualty terrorist attack are the most vital – would you know how to act?

Our hands-on practical workshops offer opportunities for all delegates to learn and practice medical techniques and skills that will help them rise to the challenge of practising expedition medicine in an extreme and low resource environment.

November 2017: Technology at the Extreme workshop

Do you know your VR from your AR? Your AI from your Raspberry PI? Your drone from your phone?

This interactive workshop shows the technology in care is progressing at an ever-faster pace, and it’s often tricky to keep up. How do we exploit these technologies, which sometimes suffer from teething problems, and can even be subjected to cyber-attacks because the world is more connected than ever? Do technologies help or hinder when it comes to extreme medicine?

Watch this snippet for a short insight.

World Extreme Medicine Past Conferences

November 2016: World Extreme Medicine Conference 2016 - Day 1

Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine

The world faces new crises every day, both manmade and natural. Medics and humanitarians share their hands-on experiences and learning, fresh from the field.

November 2016: World Extreme Medicine Conference 2016 - Day 2

Extreme, Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Practice Expedition Medicine and take it out of a clinical environment. Deliver medical care ion the side of a mountain, underwater, out into the cold, in the jungle or up into space. Medical practice at its most remote, hostile, expeditionary and austere.

November 2016: World Extreme Medicine Conference 2016 - Day 3

Human Endurance and Sports Medicine + Biomedical Innovation

Understanding human endurance and performance in sporting events. Management of acute and chronic injuries in the field of play. How to get involved in provision of medical care in sporting events.

November 2016: World Extreme Medicine Conference 2016 - Day 4

Pre-Hospital Expedition Medicine

When medicine doesn’t happen at waist height… Complex, out-of-hospital and unscheduled care provision in urban, remote, expeditionary and low-resourced environments.

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