The term ‘Extreme Medicine’ was first coined by World Extreme Medicine founder Mark Hannaford and describes the practise of medicine in remote, inhospitable and challenging environments. This is the aim of the World Extreme Medicine Conference; bringing together those with experience in this type of situation to share their knowledge and expertise and improve the level of care given.
Medicine is constantly pushed to new limits, becoming increasingly effective and advanced. Within this development of modern medicine, there stands a niche group of medical professionals carrying out lifesaving procedures in some of the world’s most dangerous and harsh settings.
From Saturday 23rd November to Monday 25th November 2019, World Extreme Medicine will be hosting its conference in Edinburgh for doctors and medical minds to come together and share their experiences of medicine in extreme environments. The conference promotes cross-disciplinary working and attracts over 900 professionals annually, with this year set to be the biggest yet. The organisers are looking for potential sponsors to support the conference and be a part of this significant global medical community.
The conference covers a variety of different disciplines within medicine; Pre-Hospital, Disaster and Humanitarian, Expedition, Endurance, Space and Extreme Medicine. Specialists in each area will speak over the three-day conference. The talks attract a wide variety of medical professionals from many different backgrounds, including the Armed Forces, expeditioners, humanitarian medics, athletes and emergency responders.
Speakers at this year’s conference include physician, humanitarian, professor and trauma expert Dr Mads Gilbert and NASA Astronauts Mike Barratt and Don Pettit. Jason Fox, a former Royal Marine Commando and SF instructor on the hit Channel 4 series ‘SAS Who Dares Wins’ returns as well as Alex Potter and Pete Reed of Global Response Management who will be talking about their work with GRM during the battle of Mosul.
Internationally renowned survival consultant Megan Hine will be joining us on the mainstage at #WEM19, best known for her role in keeping Bear Grylls safe, in addition to Laura Penhaul, previous lead physiotherapist for Team GB Paralympians and team leader of the Coxless Crew who rowed unsupported across the Pacific over nine months. We also have Doctor, Paraveterinarian, Pilot, Sportsman and passionate Conservation Medic Dr Rudie van Vuuren joining us on stage, plus Clinical and Performance Psychologist Kate Baecher who is also set to join this eclectic bunch discussing ‘Human Psychology in Extremes’ and ‘Maintaining your sanity, humour and humanity in remote humanitarian environments: how to avoid burnout, preserve your spirit and bulletproof your mind!’ There are many other speakers confirmed with more still being added.
Mark Hannaford, founder of World Extreme Medicine said, “The World Extreme Medicine Conference is a fantastic opportunity for medical experts to congregate and share their wisdom. This is our eighth conference and it will be better than ever, giving everyone involved an opportunity to improve the standard of care given in challenging and far-off environments through the sharing of knowledge.”
“The sponsorship packages on offer cater to different levels, meaning lots of people can get involved and become part of this brilliant event.”
Tickets to the conference are on sale and can be purchased through the website here.
Conference dates: Saturday 23rd November – Monday 25th November 2019
Venue: Dynamic Earth, 112 – 116 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS