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A joint meeting of the European Society of Aerospace Medicine, Aerospace Medical Association, the Czech Aeronautical Institute and the Czech Association of Aviation Medicine Prague, The Czech Republic 20 to 23 September 2018.

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The combined AMSNZ and ASAM conference will be held between 31 August and 3 September 2017 at Crowne Plaza Queenstown in Queenstown, New Zealand. The conference theme is “Horizon Scanning - Improving Aeromedical Risk Management".

Dr. Anthony Wagstaff, the President of ESAM, is a guest speaker (Patterson Trust Speaker) at this conference.

For more details please consult the conference web-site at: http://event.icebergevents.com.au/amsnz2017

Or the website of tThe Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine at: https://www.asam.org.au/

Dear ESAM Members,
We would like to inform you that the 65th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine, Rome, 10-14 September 2017 is now open for registration on the website http://www.icasm2017.it/home.asp.

As additional incentives I would like to mention some very interesting scientific sessions among which there will be one in French (with English translation available) and also an ESAM session which is scheduled for Tuesday 12 of September as well as the traditional Allard lecture.

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Any medication can cause side effects, some of which may impair the flying performance of pilots.

Equally, symptoms of colds, sore throats, abdominal upsets, or painful ailments may distract pilots and degrade their performance whilst on duty. The symptoms may be compounded by the side effects of the medication prescribed or bought over the counter and this combination may be degrading a pilot’s performance and lead to incapacitation.

All lists of aeromedical ‘approved’ drugs will be inevitably incomplete and out of date at the day they are published. Therefore, this leaflet describes some basic principles that may enable pilots and their treating doctors to assist each other in preventing the use of medication that may degrade flying performance and impact flight safety.

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Dear ESAM Members,

We would like to inform you that the 65th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine, Rome, 10-14 September 2017 is now open for registration on the website http://www.icasm2017.it/home.asp.

We would like to point out that this year the Italian Association of Aerospace Medicine and the National Association of Assistants and Controllers of Air Navigation announce the VII edition of the scientific prize “I Guido­niani”.

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European Pilot Peer Support Initiative – EPPSI invites you to discuss Peer Support Programmes
02 Feb. 2017, 10:00-16:30
Frankfurt Airport: MAC - Main Airport Center (Unterschweinstiege 10, 60549 Frankfurt)
(6th floor @ VC. Free transport: Steigenberger shuttle bus from Airport Terminal 1 & 2 / ICE Train Station to MAC – 5 min. ride)

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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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