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**ASM 2017 NEWS**

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, APRIL 3

2017 UNDERSEA & HYPERBARIC MEDICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING
Thursday, 29 June – Saturday, 1 July   •   Naples Grande Resort, Naples, Florida

 
On behalf of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
, the UHMS Program Committee is pleased to announce its call for abstract submission to the 2017 UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting, 29 June-1 July 2017. The meeting will be held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, Florida.
 
FIND INSTUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION at the following link: 
https://www.uhms.org/asm-new.html
Then click on "Call for Abstracts."
 
SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT at the following link: 
https://www.uhms.org/call-for-abstracts-2017
Acknowledgment of receipt will be provided within one week in most cases.
 
Please note that if you are unable to access the UHMS website or if you’re having difficulty with the online submission format, you can get additional assistance with the submission process by contacting the UHMS home office at uhms@uhms.org
 
ASM 2017 ABSTRACT DEADLINES:

  • REGULAR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Monday, APRIL 3, 2017; MIDNIGHT ET
  • NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE by ASM Program Committee: Monday, APRIL 24
  • NO CHANGES to an abstract will be accepted after MAY 1
  • PDF OF ABSTRACT must be submitted to ePosterBoards website by MAY 1

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Abstract acceptance is at the full discretion of the UHMS Annual Scientific Program Committee. 
  • Notification regarding abstract final acceptance will be provided via e-mail no later than April 24, 2017.
  • The presenting author will be required to register and attend the meeting.   

Register at the following link:
https://www.uhms.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/register&id=135&reset=1
Members must log in to get the member rates.

ALL ABSTRACT PRESENTATIONS MUST BE IN PDF OR PPT FORMAT.

NEW:  Please note: The UHMS is now using digital poster presentations in lieu of the traditional cork board and printed posters. We have contracted with ePosterBoards LLC to handle all poster submissions for the 2017 Annual Meeting. All abstracts that have been approved and accepted will be presented in PDF or PPT format and uploaded to the ePosterBoards website. Instructions for upload, FAQ and templates for poster presentations will emailed to the presenting author upon acceptance.  

To submit and for full details, follow the links listed above.


CALL FOR 2017 ANNUAL AWARD NOMINATIONS 
SUBMISSION DEADLINE DATE: APRIL 15 
AWARD NOMINATIONS FORM ONLINE:
https://www.uhms.org/about/annual-awards/about-uhms-awards.html#ONLINE

  • All members of the UHMS are invited to nominate any individual of their choice for the following awards. To submit nominations, please fill in the awards nomination form. Please note it is important in assisting the awards committee to write a short citation outlining the reasons why your nominee is deserving of the award (300 words maximum). 
  • Awards may be made to two or more people and may not be awarded in the absence of a suitable nominee.
  • All nominations will remain confidential and only the successful nominee will be named on the awards night.

WHAT ARE THE UHMS ANNUAL AWARDS? 
 

The Albert R Behnke Award: This is the premier award of the UHMS. This award is presented at the annual meeting to an individual in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions to advances in the undersea or hyperbaric biomedical field. 

Commercial Diving Award: This award is presented at the annual meeting to a UHMS member for outstanding contributions to the commercial diving industry in the area of increased productivity or performance of the working diver. Specific recognition is given to practical application of biomedical knowledge to the solution of problems encountered in diving operations. The award was previously known as the Oceaneering International Award. The UHMS Commercial Diving Award is sponsored by LSU UHM Fellowship in honor of Keith Van Meter MD.  

Excellence in Diving Medicine Award: This award is presented at the annual meeting to an individual UHMS member for an outstanding contribution to teaching, education, science and/or safety in the field of Diving Medicine and related fields. This UHMS award was previously known as the Craig Hoffman Memorial / Charles W. Shilling Award. 

Excellence in Hyperbaric Medicine Award: This award is presented at the annual meeting to an individual UHMS member in recognition of continued diligence and excellence in the practice of hyperbaric medicine, particularly in areas of basic and clinical research as it might impact patient care. This award was previously known as the Carolyn Sue Ray Memorial award. 

Young Scientist/Medical Doctor Award: This award is presented at the annual meeting to an individual UHMS member. It is to recognize the work of a young medical doctor or scientist whose performance is consistently outstanding. The recipient can be either a clinician or researcher practicing in hyperbaric and/or diving medicine and must not be older than 40 years of age. This award is sponsored by Dr Mahito Kawashima in honor of Professor Yoshiro Mano, Japan. 

The Paul C. Baker Award for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Safety Excellence: This award is for an Associate Member, in good standing, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of safety in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Specific attention is given to those who have implemented outstanding hyperbaric safety programs, authored hyperbaric safety publications, developed or presented on hyperbaric safety related research. The award may be made for a single contribution of great importance or for many contributions over the years. 

Excellence in Critical Care Hyperbaric Medicine Award: This award is presented at the annual meeting to an Associate member in recognition of all the hyperbaric nurses and hyperbaric technicians that currently spend countless hours on-call as well as dealing with the tragedy and trauma of critical cases in life and death situations worldwide. The specific focus of this award is on the provision of critical care with 24/7 availability, whether in support of commercial or sport diving, undersea medicine, or in the clinical hyperbaric medicine arena. This award is restricted to a nurse or technical staff member from a 24/7 facility. This award was previously known as the Ted Gurnee award. This award is sponsored by OxyHeal Health Group. 

Associate Achievement Recognition Scholarship: This scholarship is intended to assist the recipient to attend and present an abstract at the UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting. This recipient must be a UHMS Associate Member in good standing. More information on the scholarship and application can be found on the Achievement Recognition Scholarship web page. This scholarship is sponsored by Sechrist Industries and Wound Care Education Partners. 

Get your AWARD NOMINATIONS FORM in Word or PDF files:
https://www.uhms.org/about/annual-awards/about-uhms-awards.html
 
If you wish to fax or mail your nominations, print either the WORD or PDF copy of the Awards Nomination Form. 
 
UHMS Awards
631 US Highway 1, Suite 307
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
email to: uhms@uhms.org
or fax to: +919-490-5149

SEE YOU IN NAPLES!


**MORE MEMBERSHIP NEWS**

VOTING IS OPEN for

UHMS BOARD OFFICER ELECTIONS
and

ASSOCIATE COUNCIL ELECTIONS


VOTING DEADLINE: JUNE 1 (12 midnight Eastern Time)

 • ONE VOTE PER MEMBER

You must log in to access the links below.  
You can also find the link, once logged in, under the "Members" tab.

2017 OFFICER ELECTIONS

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

VOTING IS FOR REGULAR MEMBERS ONLY 
(Degrees: MD, DO, PhD, DPM, DDS, or equivalent)
 
Candidates
 
Scott Gorenstein MD
Owen J. O’Neill MD
Ricardo Michado Torres MD
Marc Robins DO
Pete Witucki MD
 
Paste the following link in your web address bar:
https://www.uhms.org/members/voting/officer-voting.html

2017 ASSOCIATE COUNCIL ELECTIONS

ASSOCIATE TECHNOLOGIST REPRESENTATIVE

VOTING IS FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS ONLY 
(Non-Physician)

Candidates
 
Esacar V Agbay, Jr.
Robert Durham
Ryan Patrylak
Michael Powers
Philip Schell
 
 Paste the following link in your web address bar:
 
https://www.uhms.org/members/voting/associates-voting.html


UHMS CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS UPDATE MEMBERSHIP VOTE

VOTING IS OPEN for important updates to the UHMS bylaws. 


In accordance with our charter, the board of directors has updated the UHMS bylaws. The opportunity to vote on revised bylaws is both a responsibility and privilege of regular membership and will be a unique experience for many, as they have not been revised since 2009. In the last eight years, we have evolved as a specialty and as a Society with a commensurate need to make changes to our bylaws that represent and support our current practices.

For more and to cast a yea or nay vote go to: 

https://www.uhms.org/members/voting/uhms-constitution-and-bylaws-update-membership-vote.html


 

zSIMSIUHMS WELCOMES ITALIAN MEDICAL
SOCIETY SIMSI AS AFFILIATE ORGANIZATION

The Italian Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Society – Società Italiana di Medicina Subacquea e Iperbarica (SIMSI) – has joined the UHMS as an affiliate organization.
 
Founded in 1997, 
its mission is to be the “beating heart” of knowledge for diving and hyperbaric medicine in Italy, according to Pasquale Longobardi MD, SIMSI president. 
 
“Our founding principles are based on respect for the culture of the Society and for the stakeholders – the institutions, physicians, patients and divers – associated with it,” noted Dr. Longobardi.
 
SIMSI is devoted to implementing connections with associations, sister scientific societies, universities, research institutes, promoting the scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals, updating on a regular basis information on the website (www.simsi.it) and publishing its Bulletin, three times a year, noted Longobardi, adding: “SIMSI is very proud to join the UHMS International Affiliate Program thanks to the valuable efforts of UHMS Vice President Professor Gerardo Bosco. It is an opportunity for a global collaboration in diving and hyperbaric medicine aiming to harmonize, together with other countries, the standard of care for the approved indications of HBO2 therapy and the diving medicine procedures as well as the education and training of doctors and associated baromedical professionals.
 
“Italy has a long tradition in this field and many talented experts. SIMSI will surely contribute to the success of several UHMS initiatives,” Longobardi concluded.
 
"It is for me an honor that such a tradition as per Italy Navy, Academia and offshore acitivities could join UHMS  activities," Prof. Bosco stated.

Hands across the water
Dr. Enoch Huang, President of the UHMS, and John Peters, Executive Director of the UHMS, were invited by Dr. Longobardi and UHMS Vice President Professor Gerardo Bosco to attend the upcoming EUBS annual meeting in Italy, where they will tour Dr. Bosco’s hyperbaric facilities in Padua and learn more about his masters program in hyperbaric medicine. Said Huang: “It is so exciting to have the opportunity to see first-hand how hyperbaric education is being handled at the graduate level in Italy. I am sure that this affiliation with SIMSI will benefit both associations tremendously.”

For more info in SIMSI, see http://www.simsi.it
 
All approved Affiliate society members receive a 50% discount on UHMS dues while retaining full privileges within the Society.
 
For more information about the UHMS Affiliate program, call or write UHMS Executive Director John Peters at jpeters@uhms.org or toll-free 877-533-8467 (UHMS) ext. 100.


 

SAFE PASSAGE: Maurice Cross
UHMS BIDS FAREWELL TO A FRIEND
DDRC FOUNDER MAURICE CROSS

It is with great sadness that we relay news of the death of DDRC Healthcare founder Dr. Maurice Cross. The news, from Dr. Cross’ colleague, Marguerite St. Leger Dowse in the DDRC offices in Plymouth, United Kingdom, reached the UHMS office in early February. Dr. Cross died in India due to ill health following surgery.
 
St. Leger Dowse wrote: “Originally working in the commercial diving industry conducting experiments on humans exposed to the environment of commercial diving, Maurice was the main inspiration and the driving force in establishing the charity Diving Diseases Research Centre (now DDRC Healthcare).”
 
Dr. Cross began operations with two Comex chambers in the diving center car park to treat divers, eventually moving into converted boatsheds through the mid-1990s. “During this time he was one of the first units in the UK to treat radiation tissue damage and problems wounds with hyperbaric oxygen,” noted St. Leger Dowse. Cross then successfully supervised the unit’s move to the current modern purpose-built center, adjacent to the main Plymouth City Hospital.
“After 37 years from DDRC Healthcare’s inception, Maurice leaves a lasting, enduring, and proud legacy, having provided the foundations of the modern DDRC Healthcare unit as it is today,” wrote St. Leger Dowse.

In 1987, and later following his retirement from DDRC, he became involved in the pharmaceutical industry and set up three Phase I Units in the UK, India and Malaysia.

In his spare time he liked nothing better than to fly his beloved plane. He was an accomplished photographer and enjoyed all things culinary.

Many at UHMS and the world over will remember him with fondness and respect.


MORE ON ANOTHER PASSING: HIROMICHI OIWA

In the summer issue of Pressure, page 53,* we announced the passing of Dr. Hiromichi Oiwa, UHMS member since 1974 See http://researchmap.jp/read0053302/?lang=english to read about his accomplishments.

UHMS member and colleague Ron Nishi recently wrote us to thank us for the notice and to inform us that although we attributed the original news to him, he notes that was an error. Nishi did correspond with Dr. Tomosumi Ikeda, another colleague, who noted an impressive attendance at Dr. Oiwa's Memorial service February 18 in Japan. He said that around 70 people were at the memorial in Yokohama: "dive related doctors and divers of both military and commercial fields, retired admirals, officers and men of submarine and mine hunting fleet." 

Noted Nishi: "Dr. Oiwa was very well respected."

https://www.uhms.org/publications/pressure.html?task=document.viewdoc&id=1057