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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