World Extreme Medicine News

The excitement is building for our 10th World Extreme Medicine conference.

This year feels extra special as we return to a physical event for the first time in two years.

#WEM21 is your chance to learn from some of the sharpest medical minds in the world, as they descend on the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh this November – and you can join them!

We’ve already revealed many incredible guest speakers joining us, and now it is time to reveal a few more…

Get ready to meet:

Chris Imray

World Expert on Frostbite and Cold Injuries Vascular Surgeon

Chris is an active mountaineer and an acknowledged world expert in frostbite and non-freezing cold injuries. He has published over 180 peer-review papers on subjects including altitude medicine, cold injury, and vascular surgery and co-authored the award-winning BMJ Book of the Year Award for 2016 ‘The Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine’.

His altitude research began with the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society in the 1990s and has continued with the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Group and CASE. Having travelled the world to fulfil his passion and research, Chris has climbed as far afield as the sea cliffs of the Outer Hebrides to the volcanoes of Chile.

He was one of the medical officers during the Xtreme Cho Oyu expedition to Tibet and was the Deputy Climbing Leader of the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition. He summited both Cho Oyu (8201m) and Everest (8550m) and has the dubious distinction of having the second-lowest arterial gases ever recorded in an adult (at 8,400m).

In January 2019, Chris completed the Seven Summits and will be joining us for an unmissable session about his three decades of expeditions.

Look out for…

  • Session: Seven Summits – A Thirty Year Odyssey

Chris Yap

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Northern General Hospital

Originally from Singapore, Chris’ adventurous nature led him to Sheffield, The Outdoor City gateway to the Peak District. There, he works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Northern General Hospital which is the regional Major Trauma Centre South Yorkshire.

He has a strong interest in point of care ultrasound (POCUS) and is still waiting to receive the perfect handheld ultrasound machine that will replace his stethoscope. He loves teaching people that shades of grey are not all bad, and he’s also partial to sticking needles into body parts, using ultrasound as a guide.

Chris has splitboarded in the Alps and the Arctic Circle and remains hopeful that a snowboarding company will spot his talent. While he waits, he still has bike rides around the Peak District to keep him busy.

Join Chris as he teams up with Chris Duncan and Luca Carenzo for a hands-on workshop.

Look out for…

  • Session: Ultrasound Workshop

Diana Dayal

Health Lead


Diana leads all health-related Starlink initiatives at SpaceX.

She boasts an impressive CV, having previously worked at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, a non-profit scientific organisation supported by NASA’s Human Research programme.

She has served as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership, as an MD-MPH candidate from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Before swapping the east coast for the west coast, Diana worked in politics, health policy, and state government in her home state of North Carolina.

One not to miss!

So keep a lookout for…

  • Session: The Final Frontier of Remote & Rural Health

Ioana Popescu

Veterinary Surgeon

Ioana has always loved animals and was a stereotypical “I-want-to-become-a-vet-when-I-grow-up” child, and to her parents’ despair, she managed to achieve that dream.

Studying in Vienna, she specialised in Conservation Medicine with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, then obtained a Masters in Conservation Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. After her studies, she travelled around the world helping some of the world’s most endangered animal species.

She currently works as a veterinary surgeon in an exotic animal practice in East Anglia and enjoys the adrenaline rush of scuba diving, rock climbing, paragliding, Thai boxing, and off-road motorbiking.

The drive behind Ioana’s success is her passion for making a positive difference around the world. Find out more at #WEM21!

Look out for…

  • Session: Extreme Veterinary Medicine – Together Working Towards One Health

Kate Beaven-Marks

Clinical Hypnotist

Dr Kate Beaven-Marks is an energetic, enthusiastic, experienced clinical hypnotist. She uses her knowledge and a broad range of practical applications to teach and train in medical and surgical hospital environments, as well as a busy London-based hypnotherapy practice.

Actively contributing to the hypnotherapy profession is an important part of Kate’s work to ensure hypnotherapy education standards continually rise. Kate teaches with HypnoTC, offers guest lecturers at colleges and universities, teaches within the NHS and is co-founder of that creates free online hypnosis training.

Kate is an experienced and sought-after clinical supervisor who plays an active role on the Profession Specific Board for Hypnotherapy with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and is Chair of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH).

Join Kate’s insightful session at #WEM21!

Look out for…

  • Session: Harnessing Your Inner Power: Rapid Recovery, Resource Building and Personal Resilience


Book your place in-person or online to #WEM21 and join one of the most energetic and unique networks in the universe. It’s a gathering of dedicated extreme medics and inspiring thought-leaders like all those we’ve announced here – plus many, many more yet to come!

Read more on #WEM21:
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #8
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #7
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #6
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #5
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #4
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #3
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #2
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement including keynote speaker Dr Jane Goodall
#WEM21 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQ’s)