World Extreme Medicine News

Introducing a professor who’s submersed over 100 vehicles (containing people) underwater for the sake of experimentation, a Field Hospital Commander who experienced the horrific aftermaths of Rwanda, Haiti and the Philippines, and a humanitarian nurse prepared to answer her own cryptic question this November.

Intrigued? Of course you are.

Jeremy Windsor

Consultant in Anaesthetics and Critical Care; Senior Clinical Lecturer

Chesterfield Royal Hospital (CRH) and Sheffield University

Jeremy is an expert in Mountain Medicine. His doctorate from Sheffield University focused on the changes in electrocardiography at high altitude, and he has written over 100 publications.

He runs the Mountain Medicine Fellowship at Chesterfield Royal Hospital alongside running the popular “Mountain Medicine Blog”. He’s a passionate teacher too, passing on his trove of knowledge by organising mountain medicine CPD events in person and online, including an immensely successful Mountain Medicine Winter webinar series developed by him and his team in response to the lockdown restrictions.

Jeremy also sits on the British Mountain Medicine Society board and is on the Diploma in Mountain Medicine faculty.

We’ve mentioned Mountain Medicine a lot above – so you know these are going to be superb

So look out for…

  • Session 1: Deaths on Everest
  • Session 2: Triathlon Related Deaths

Daniel Grace

GP and Medical Director

The Virtual Doctors

We’re thrilled to have Daniel back for WEM21 this year, past conference alumni and WEM course faculty member.

An experienced expedition medic, he’s achieved the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He also holds a Diploma from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

As a dedicated GP, he’s recently worked as Medical Director for UK-based charity The Virtual Doctors. Daniel will discuss how COVID-19 impacted their work while providing remote telemedical advice to healthcare workers in rural Zambia and Malawi.

So keep a lookout for…

  • Session: The Virtual Doctors: Remote Telemedicine During a Pandemic

Gordon Giesbrecht

Professor of Thermophysiology

University of Manitoba

Gordon studies human responses to exercise/work in extreme environments in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

Over an extensive career, he’s conducted numerous experiments, including submersing over 100 vehicles with people inside to study exit strategy and survival in sinking vehicles. His drowning prevention and treatment work led him to assist in creating educational programs and protocols used worldwide by Emergency Response Operators and the general public alike.

As Director of the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, he has also conducted hundreds of studies in cold water immersion that have provided life-saving information on human hypothermia.

Gordon will be sharing with us his latest research at #WEM21.

So keep a lookout for…

  • Session: Hypothermia in Wilderness Environments

Jennifer Ngo-Anh

Team Leader (Human and Robotic Exploration)

European Space Agency (ESA)

Jennifer started at the ESA as a graduate trainee at the Life Sciences Unit in 2006 and, by 2012, had been made Head of the Life Sciences Unit.

In 2018 she was promoted to SciSpace team leader in the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration, making her responsible for ground-based and space-based science activities at the ESA, including on the International Space Station. Here she focuses on biology, physical sciences and human research.

The latter of which Jennifer will share us with this November.

So look out for…

  • Session: Inspiration Beyond Low Earth Orbit: Human Research at the European Space Agency

Josie Gilday

Global Medical Adviser

Save the Children International

Josie is the Global Medical Adviser for Save the Children International and a qualified nurse specialising in tropical diseases.

She’s also held the role of Health Advisor for West and Central Africa with the British Red Cross, including various positions with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In her work with MSF, Josie proposed and developed nurse training programs, set up and managed paediatric and adult primary and secondary health facilities, and researched and wrote the nursing element of their Non-Communicable Disease guidelines.

Josie’s career has taken her to countries like Haiti, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and South Sudan. This November, though, she’ll be venturing to Scotland with an answer to a very cryptic question.

So look out for…

  • Session: What Kills 5 People a Minute, With 4 of Those Deaths (80%) Being Avoidable?

Kobi Peleg

Full Professor

School of Public Health, Tel-Aviv University

If we were to list out every position Kobi has held in his career, we’d be here for a very long time. However, we will tell you that he holds professorships at universities in Prague, Brussels, New York, Italy and China. He’s been a consultant for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations (UN), and countless other companies, organisations and governments worldwide. He also commanded Israeli Field Hospital’s following the horrific events in Rwanda, Armenia, Haiti and the Philippines and has had 200+ published articles and chapters in leading journals.

As the Disaster Medicine Department founder and the Executive Master Program for Emergency Disaster Management at Tel-Aviv University, we guarantee Kobi is ready to deliver a highly engaging exploration of (and perhaps answer to) a very relevant question:

Look out for…

  • Session: Is International Humanitarian Aid Built to Deal With Multiple Events Simultaneously?

Neil Rushton


Neil considers himself an ordinary GP who’s leveraged Wilderness and Extreme Medicine – an essential part of his medical life – to save him from burnout over the years. He reckons it’s the reason he’s still working at 69 and going strong!

He began his extreme medicine career in Plymouth on the Remote Medicine MSc before graduating to become an examiner on the WEM Extreme Medicine MSc at the University of Exeter. He’s since made two ascents of Kilimanjaro, walked the Great Wall of China, swum the English Channel, cycled from Lands’ End in Cornwall to John of Groats in Scotland, and walked to London during COVID for charity.

Thankfully, Neil has found the time to do two talks for us this year – and we can’t wait to hear about his experiences.

So look out for…

  • Session 1: Three Months as a GP on Everest
  • Session 2: Adventure in Covid Times – Raising 10k by Walking to London


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 #4
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #3
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #2
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement including keynote speaker Dr Jane Goodall
#WEM21 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs)