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Ries Simons, MD – 10 January 2017

Recently, the results of a study by Wu et al. (2016) have been prominently published in the media (e.g. Independent, 2016; Telegraph, 2016). The study found that about 200 of the approximately 1,800 pilots who completed an anonymous online survey in 2015 had depressive symptoms. Seventy-five of them reported having (had) thoughts associated with some form of suicidal ideation.

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**“Aerospace Medicine concerns the determination and maintenance of the health, safety, and performance of persons involved in air and space travel.” [** Aerospace Medical Association]
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02 Feb. 2017, 10:00-16:30
Frankfurt Airport area (exact location t.b.d.)

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Dear friends and colleagues of Aerospace Medicine in Europe,

As 2016 soon draws to an end, and most of us hoperfully have some time off with family and friends at Christmas, I think it is appropriate to share some thoughts with the great ESAM family of Aerospace Medicine in Europe.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the working of ESAM, in particular the Executive Committee and past president Kevin Herbert for the great work done the past year, and the Advisory Board so efficiently led by Ries Simons, as well as our representatives in different collaborative fora with EASA, AsMa, EAAP and ECA.  Read more

In March 2006, following a couple of preliminary meetings, 22 people representing National Aerospace Medical Associations and other European stakeholders met in Frankfurt am Main to sign the founding documents for the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM). Since that moment on, all of them started working together to work for health and safety for all persons involved in aviation and space operations, coordinating European aerospace medicine in the applicable fora.

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Dear Members, as most of you already know from the nomination request sent to your national society, during the General Assembly that is to take place during ECAM 2016 in Oslo, we will have the chance to express our vote for the election of the new Executive Committee of European Society of Aerospace Medicine. We are looking forward to having as many of you as possible at the General Assembly meeting.

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Dr. Roland Vermeiren reports on collaboration between medical doctors, pilots, psychologists and international bodies

After the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 on 24 March last year owing to actions taken by the co-pilot, there is a lot happening at the aviation medicine level in terms of looking at ways of prevention or better risk identification. Changes are taking place at all levels: worldwide with ICAO, at the European level with EASA, and also at regional level.

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Author: Ries Simons
Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2016; 87(7):659–660.

Since the tragic accident of Germanwings flight 4U9525, there has been discussion about methods to identify and prevent suicidality in pilots. Neurogenetic scientists claim that biomarker tests for suicidality as part of healthcare assessments may lead to early identification of suicidal behavior.

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Author: Ries Simons
Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2016; 87(7):659–660.

Since the tragic accident of Germanwings flight 4U9525, there has been discussion about methods to identify and prevent suicidality in pilots. Neurogenetic scientists claim that biomarker tests for suicidality as part of healthcare assessments may lead to early identification of suicidal behavior.

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Kevin Herbert, M.B.Ch.B., D.Av.Med., was the 2016 recipient of the John A. Tamisiea Award for his outstanding leadership and inspiration in all fields of aviation medicine.

The award was presented during AsMA Honors Night Ceremonies, April 28, 2016, at the Harrah’s Resort Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. Dr. Herbert started the European ‘Fly Safe, Fly Well’ project, which highlighted the importance of mental health and preventive aspects in the daily work of all AMEs.

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Mayo Clinic: Office for Human Research Protection Email Consent Script
Protocol Title: Airline transport pilots and mental health: A Comparison of the medical certification process between the U.S. and various European countries.
IRB #: 15-008911

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4th European Conference in Aerospace Medicine

Novotel Bucarest City Center Hotel, Bucharest, Romania.
5th - 7th September 2014

ECAM 2014 Bucharest Programme (PDF)

ECAM 2014 Bucharest Summary (PDF)

The 4th European Conference in Aerospace Medicine will be held on 5th, 6th and 7th September 2014 at the Novotel Bucarest City Center Hotel, Bucharest.

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ECAM-2
2nd European Conference of Aerospace Medicine
5th Panhellenic Conference in Aviation & Space Medicine

We thank you all for joining us in Athens for the 2nd European Conference of Aerospace Medicine (ECAM). Presentations and documents from the event will later be available on this website.

ASMA - After-action report on ECAM 2010 (PDF)





Abstracts and Presentations

1. Title: THE USE OF ADVANCED HUMAN-CENTERED TECHNOLOGIES IN THE REDUCTION OF AIRCRAFT MISHAPS: PROBLEM OR PANACEA
Author(s) Name: A. Bellenkes

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2. Title: LIFE STRESS. IMPACT IN AIR CREW PERFORMANCE
Author(s) Name: . D. Rikos

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3. Title: THE EXISTING TRAINING ON HUMAN LIMITATIONS IN AVIATION – IS IT USEFUL ENOUGH?
Author(s) Name: E.A. Cataman

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4. Title: HUMAN FACTORS ANALYSIS AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (HFACS) APPLIED TO THE HELIOS 5B-DBY ACCIDENT
Author(s) Name: Ph. Christophides, G. Athanasiou

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5. Title: EXTENDED FLIGHT DUTY PERIODS AND ALERTNESS-RELATED FLIGHT SAFETY
Author(s) Name: R. Simons, E.S. Wilschut, P.J.L. Valk

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Presentation - FATIGUE RISK MANAGEMENT (PDF)
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6. Title: THE INFLUENCE OF SLEEPINESS ON PILOT PERFORMANCE IN A FLIGHT SIMULATOR
Author(s) Name: P. Kousoulis, Visimopoulou, D. Bouchorikos, Z. Rammos, K. Pouloupatis, G.Alevetsovitis, V.Moutevelis

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7. Title: STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPS)
Author(s) Name: S. Filippidis

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8. Title: ORTHOKERATOLOGY AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO REFRACTIVE SURGERY FOR PILOTS
Author(s) Name: Aslanides Ioannis, Toliou Georgia, Padroni Sara, Selimis Vassileios

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9. Title: VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY CHANGES DURING ORTHOSTATIC LOAD
Author(s) Name: P. Dosel, J. Petricek, J. Hanousek

Poster presentation (PDF)
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10. Title: STANDARDIZATION PROJECT FOR SPEECH DISCRIMINATION TESTING
Author(s) Name: M. Polet

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11. Title: A LABORATORY MODEL FOR THE STUDY OF THE EFFECT OF +Gz FORCES ON THE CERVICAL SPINE OF FIGHTER PILOTS
Author(s) Name: O Paxinos, M Zindrick, L Voronov, R Havey, G Garandang, A Patwardhan

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12. Title: SIMULTANEITY AND RECOVERY PATTERNS, OF CO2 AND O2 PULMONARY GAS EXCHANGE MODELS, FOR EXTREME ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTIONS
Author(s) Name: J. D. Sharma

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13. Title: DIABETES MELLITUS: AN AVIATION MEDICINE POINT OF VIEW
Author(s) Name: Felice Strollo, Paolo Tosco, Concetta Dentico, Enrico Tomao

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14. Title: ANTICOAGULATON AND FITNESS TO FLY
Author(s) Name: R. Maire, S. Muff

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15. Title: MELATONIN FOR COMMERCIAL AIRCREW?
Author(s) Name: R. Simons, P.J.L. Valk

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16. Title: MEDICAL REASONS FOR DEFINITIVE UNFITNESS FOR WORK OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AT EUROCONTROL
Author(s) Name: R. Vermeiren

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17. Title: THE SITE OF EJECTION (LAND OR SEA) AFFECTS PILOT MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY
Author(s) Name: P. Kousoulis, V.Zisimopoulou, G.Alevetsovitis, V.Moutevelis

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18. Title: NECK AND BACK PAIN IN CYPRUS HELICOPTER PILOTS
Author(s) Name: G. Stylianides

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19. Title: USE OF LUMBAR SUPPORTS BY CYPRUS AIR FORCE HELICOPTER PILOTS
Author(s) Name: G. Stylianides

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20. Title: MEDICAL CERTIFICATION OF PILOTS IN RUSSIA
Author(s) Name: K. Elena

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21. Title: INVESTIGATION AND ASSESSMENT OF ATYPICAL PATHOLOGICAL EEG FINDINGS IN PILOT CANDIDATED AT LOW PRESSURE CHAMBER
Author(s) Name: D. Naoumis

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22. Title: STRESS RELATED SYNDROMES IN AIRCREW: DOES THE PHARMACOLOGICAL TREATMENT AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE?
Author(s) Name: S. Izzo, G. Arduino, P. Calanna

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23. Title: SEAT VIBRATION IN MILITARY HELICOPTERS IN SERVICE WITH CYPRUS AIR FORCE: CHARACTERIZATION, AND EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT
Author(s) Name: G. Stylianides

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24. Title: NON-INVASIVE CARDIOVASCULAR DIAGNOSTICS IN HUMAN-USE CENTRIFUGE CLASSICAL METHODS IN NEW CONTEXT
Author(s) Name: C. Ledderhos

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25. Title: LEFT BUNDLE-BRANCH BLOCK WITH UNFAVOURABLE OUTCOMES REPORT OF TWO CASES AND REVIEW OF THE AEROMEDICAL DECISION MAKING
Author(s) Name: G. Hardicsay and Á. Wolkóber

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26. Title: STRESS RELATED DISORDERS IN FLIGHT ATTENDANTS
Author(s) Name: V. BALOESCU, A. BALOESCU, G. CROITORU, I. PANAIT

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27. Title: REDUCING RISK FAKTORS OF HUNGARIAN OBES PILOTS WITH BODY COMPOSITION MONITOR
Author(s) Name: P. Vaskó, I. Melles, L. Ungváry

Poster presentation (PDF)
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28. Title: ACCELERATION SYMPTOMS IN MILITARY PILOT TRAINEES
Author(s) Name: P.Kousoulis, N.Kritsimas, A.Christodoulou, G.Alevetsovitis, V.Moutevelis

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29. Title: DOES G FORCE INCREASE THE INCIDENCE OF VARICOCELE IN AIR FORCE PILOT CADETS?
Author(s) Name: P. Kousoulis, K. Skrepetis, G. Athanasiades

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30. Title: MEDICAL SUPPORT OF A MILITARY AIR SHOW IN GREECE
Author(s) Name: O. Paxinos

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