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London Trauma Conference

This years line-up stands to be stronger than ever - with a variety of new internationally renowned speakers adding to the exemplary program of those returning. 2014's line-up will be announced shortly.

    Speakers from 2013's conference programme

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    Peter Baskett Memorial Lecture

  1. Mr Michael Crumplin

    Michael Crumplin is a retired general, thoracic and upper G/I surgeon. He was educated at Wellington College and the Middlesex Hospital. During his surgical career, he had a special interest in education and examinations, serving as Chairman of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and on the board of UK intercollegiate examiners. He also worked on the editorial board of the British Journal of Surgery and on council of the Association of Surgeon of Great Britain and Ireland. After studying medicine of the Republican, Napoleonic and other wars for over 40 years, and having taken an interest in surgical history generally, he now devotes time to writing, lecturing nationally and internationally and giving advice to students, research workers, authors and the media. He has published four books and has acted as medical advisor for many media programmes and films. His principle purpose with surgical history is to promote interest in the human cost of war and the oft-forgotten efforts of military medical men. As a curator and archivist at the Royal College of Surgeons, he has been closely involved in the development of the new Hunterian Museum. He was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for his research.

  2. Keynote Speakers

  3. Dr David Zideman

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  4. Professor Dan Davis

    Emergency Physician in San Diego and Director of the UC San Diego Center for Resuscitation Science. He completed his medical school and emergency medicine residency at UC San Diego. As a third year resident, he was recognized as the "UC San Diego Medical Center Resident of the Year," the first for our department. During his senior year, he served as one of our two chiefs and was named "Outstanding EM Resident." He was also recognized nationally as the recipient of the "Cord Resident Academic Achievement Award." As a faculty member, Dr. Davis has developed a primary interest in resuscitation research and currently holds several grants in both basic and clinical science. This includes the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, which represents the largest resuscitation research effort in history. In addition, Dr. Davis serves as UC San Diego resuscitation director and director of the UC San Diego Center for Resuscitation Science. In this capacity, he has developed several award-winning resuscitation training programs used in the inpatient and EMS environments. Dr. Davis is medical director for six air medical bases in Southern California and scientific advisor to Air Methods Corporation, the largest air medical provider in the world.

  5. Mr Justin Lewis

    Justin Lewis is Professor of Communication at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He has written a number of books on media, politics and culture.

  6. Professor John Pickard

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  7. Main Conference Faculty

  8. Professor Susan Bundage

    Professor Susan I. Brundage, MD, MPH, FACS joined Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, The Blizard Institute and Queen Mary University of London in July 2013 recruited to direct the International Masters in Trauma Sciences Programmes. Professor Brundage holds dual Board Certification from the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons having trained and served both as junior faculty and at Full Professor level in high-volume and well-known Level I Trauma Centers in the US. Professor Brundage is internationally recognized as a trauma expert based on her reputation as an outstanding clinical trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist combined with prominent and practice-defining publications. Academically, Prof Brundage has held significant grant funding and published greater than 90 peer-reviewed high impact publications and book chapters focusing on outcomes research and surgical education.

  9. Dr Richard Lyon

    Clinical Lecturer in Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Care Edinburgh University. Dr Lyon’s research interests include resuscitation, cardiac arrest and pre-hospital care. He has authored many papers and gained successful research grants. He graduated with Honours from Edinburgh University and recently completed a unique MD thesis on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, working closely with the Scottish Ambulance Service to improve the quality of pre-hospital resuscitation. He has taken part in expeditions across the globe, including mountain biking to Camp II on Mt Everest. In his spare time Richard enjoys the mountains of Scotland or kite surfing.

  10. Professor Hans Morten Lossius

    Hans Morten Lossius is professor of prehospital critical care and head of R&D in the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. He is a board certified specialist in anaesthesiology and intensive care, and has been working with prehospital critical care and rescue services in both urban and rural areas. His scientific activities are mainly within the fields of advanced prehospital interventions and trauma care. He is the Editor in Chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine.

  11. Professor Simon Redwood

    Professor or Interventional Cardiology/ Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Professor Redwood qualified from St. George’s Hospital Medical School. He trained in Cardiology at The Royal London Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and St. George’s Hospital, London. Interventional training was obtained at The Washington Cardiology Center, Washington, DC and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals. He obtained Fellowship of the American College of Cardiology in 2001 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2003 and Fellow of the Society of Angiography and Interventions in 2004. Professor Redwood is Professor of Interventional Cardiology/ Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheter labs at St. Thomas’. He is also President of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society. He is trained in all aspects of adult interventional cardiology including intravascular ultrasound, physiological lesion assessment using pressure-sensor tipped wires, stent implantation, rotational atherectomy, laser angioplasty including the laserwire for chronic total occlusions, and trans-catheter aortic valve implantation. His MD thesis was on the subject of the pathophysiology of acute myocardial ischaemia and he currently has particular interest in interventional cardiology based research including risk analysis and prediction of events post percutaneous coronary intervention, evaluation of coronary stents and coronary artery physiology. He runs an active research team, has over 100 publications, is lead editor of a major Interventional Cardiology textbook (Oxford Textbook of Interventional Cardiology), has raised over £2.7m in grant funding and has supervised >10 MD/PhD theses. Further information can be found at www.cardiacresearchcentre.com

  12. Professor Tim Harris

    Tim Harris trained in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Pre-hospital Medicine in Australia and the UK. He is currently Professor of Emergency Medicine at Barts Health, London. His main clinical research interests are resuscitation and focussed ultrasound. He is injuries & emergencies CLRN lead in Central and North East London and the department's research focus is recruitment to portfolios studies. He is clinical governance lead at East Anglia Air Ambulance service. He has studied ultrasound for over 10 years and directs courses in level 1, level 2, critical care focussed ultrasound and in focussed echo. He is currently running 3 clinical studies to better understand the role of IVC collapse index as a guide to fluid resuscitation. He is the CEM ultrasound lead in the NE Thames training region and sits of the CEM ultrasound committee.

  13. Professor Charles Deakin

    • Consultant in Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University Hospital Southampton
    • Honorary Professor of Resuscitation and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, University of Southampton
    Professor Deakin qualified from Cambridge University in 1988 and completed his higher medical training in London and Bristol before transferring to Southampton in 1994, where he was appointed to his current clinical post of Consultant in Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, at University Hospital Southampton in 1999. He also holds Honorary Chairs at the University of Southampton and University of Surrey. Professor Deakin's academic interests are focused on pre-hospital trauma and resuscitation. He has published extensively in these areas and is a regular speaker at national and international meetings. He chaired the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Committee of the European Resuscitation Council from 2001-2012 and was ALS co-chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation for the 2005 and 2010 resuscitation guidelines revisions. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and is lead for adult resuscitation for the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee, which sets the standards for paramedic practice. Professor Deakin founded the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance where he is the clinical lead, and also chairs the Medical and Survival SubCommittee of the RNLI.

  14. Professor  Karim Brohi

    Professor of Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary School of Medicine & Dentistry, London. Since 2005 he has been Consultant in General, Trauma, Vascular, Emergency & Critical Care Surgery at Barts and The London NHS. Trust, U.K. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Cell & Molecular Science, Queen Mary, University of London, U.K. and Surgical Tutor in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Emergency Surgery & Critical Care Surgery, for The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has trained in various trauma hospitals across the world (including Cape Town, South Africa and San Francisco, U.S.A.). Karim is also the Founder and a Director of trauma.org - a non-profit making world-renowned trauma website. Special Interests: Acute Traumatic Coagulopathy, Massive Blood Transfusion, Traumatic Inflammatory Response, Cytokine Inhibition, Biomarkers of Traumatic Injury, Emergency Preparedness.

  15. Dr David Menzies

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  16. Dr Matt Thomas

    Dr Matt Thomas is a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and anaesthesia at University hospitals Bristol. He is also a consultant at Great Western Air Ambulance and Programme training director in pre-hospital emergency medicine. His research interests are in cardiac arrest and airway management.

  17. Mr Rob Bentley

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  18. Professor Eldar Soreide

    Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Bergen and University of Stavanger. Medical Co-Director, ICU at the Stavanger University Hospital. Founding Editor Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine.

  19. Mr Mark Whitbread

    Mark Whitbread, London Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Manager, has achieved outstanding results by leading change in the field of cardiac care. Mark has worked tirelessly to ensure that for cardiac arrest patients early defibrillation is the norm and not the exception, and instigated the evidence-based changes to ensure all heart attack patients in London now receive timely primary angioplasty as the gold standard of care.

  20. Dr Ajay Jain

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  21. Dr Tom Hurst

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  22. Dr Rob Broomhead

    Robert Broomhead is a consultant anaesthetist at Kings College Hospital in South London with specialist interests in Adult Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and Paediatric/ Adult Liver Transplantation. He is an active member of the Emeritus HEMS team at the Royal London having completed a rotational pre-CCT secondment in 2011. Robert has an interest in both undergraduate education and am a senior examiner at Kings College University and am a lead for postgraduate anaesthesia education at Kings College Hospital.

  23. Professor Fiona Lecky

    Fiona is Clinical Professor and Honorary Consultant in Emergency Medicine at The University of Sheffield and School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Research Director of the Trauma Audit and Research Network and Chief Investigator of the Head Injury Transportation straight to Neurosurgery Trial. She has also chairs the 2012 NICE Head Injury Guideline Development Group.

  24. Dr Roger Bloomer

    Roger is a Consultant Anaesthetist at King's College Hospital in London and has a keen interest in the management of major trauma, trauma education and prehospital emergency medicine. He regularly flies with the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust as a prehospital care doctor and has experience of working within trauma and prehospital care systems in the UK and Australia.

  25. Dr Gareth Davies

    Gareth is Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Care at the Royal London Hospital and Medical Director of London's Air Ambulance. He has introduced innovative treatments and governance procedures into prehospital care.

  26. Professor Ian Roberts

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  27. Professor David Menon

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  28. Professor Peter Andrews

    Dr Peter Andrews is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Intensive Care, Western General Hospital. Peter is the chief investigator for the international Eurotherm trial. His Interests lie in the management of head injury, effect of anaesthesia on the normal and injured brain.

  29. Dr Geoff Manley

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  30. Mr Peter Hutchinson

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  31. Dr Sabina Fattah

    Dr. Sabina Fattah is a PhD student in the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation and at the University of Tromsø. She works part time as a Registrar at the Oslo Emergency Clinic. Her PhD project has focused on creating a template for reporting from pre-hospital major incident medical management. The template together with it’s webpage www.majorincident.org will be presented at the London Trauma Conference.

  32. Dr Geir Arne Sunde

    Dr. Geir Arne Sunde is a consultant in anesthesiology and intensive care at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, on the western coast of Norway. He is lead clinician for HEMS-Bergen, where he has worked since 2003. His main area of research is advanced airway management in physician manned EMS, currently leading the international clinical studies "AIRPORT" and "ELITE", through a part time PhD-grant from the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation..

  1. Professor John Henry

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  2. Dr Marius Rehn

    Dr. Marius Rehn is a senior researcher and medical advisor with the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, and a registrar in anaesthesiology and intensive care at Akerhus University Hospital, Norway. He has a background as a clearance diver and winch man of the Norwegian Air Force, and his research field is trauma and mass casualty triage. He is involved with the improvement of the multi-professional on-scene command course for major incidents run by the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation.

  3. Dr Mark Byers

    Dr Mark Byers is both an Army Medical Officer and Honorary Research Physician with the Medical Toxicology Research Centre, Newcastle University. A GP by trade he is a member of the Defence Medical Services Faculty of CBRN Medicine and has written several papers on the subject of the management of CBRN terrorist incidents. His views and opinions on the subject of CBRN medicine remain his own and are not necessarily endorsed by his employer.

  4. Mr Phil Trendall

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  5. Dr Rasmus Hesselfeldt

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  6. Chief Pilot Erik Normann

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  7. Dr Gareth Grier

    Gareth is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care at The Royal London Hospital. He qualified in Wales and trained in emergency medicine. He trained in Pre-hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance and has recently been appointed to lead on Pre-hospital Education.

  8. Mrs Marte Ramborg

    Director of Communication and Marketing, Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. Journalist by education, and recently completed a Master of Management.

  9. Mr Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Pre-Hospital Care (HEMS) Specialist at Imperial and with London's Air Ambulance respectively. His specialist interest is the very early management of acute brain injury (including traumatic) and his research includes the cerebral effects of hypoxia. In addition he has worked extensively overseas and lead the Neurosciences work during the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition of 2007.

  10. Professor David Lockey

    David is a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in Bristol and in Pre-hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance. He is also clinical director of Severn Major Trauma Network. He was appointed Hon. Professor of Trauma and Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at Bristol University in 2011 and leads on research and development at London’s Air Ambulance.

  11. Dr Nils Petter Oveland

    Dr. Oveland is working as a consultant and air ambulance physician at Stavanger University Hospital, Norway. He is a certified specialist in anesthesiology and intensive care and a senior researcher in the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. He defended his PhD thesis "Ultrasound detection of Pneumothorax" in October this year. His current project is to implement point-of-care ultrasonography the norwegian air ambulance service. Since 2011, he has been the course director for "The Scandinavian Course in Prehospital Ultrasound" held biannually in Stavanger.

  12. Professor Wolgang Voelckel

    German Board Certification and International Diploma in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, European Academy of Anesthesiology; Research fellowship in Minneapolis, MN 1999 and 2000; Head, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine AUVA Trauma Center Salzburg, Austria since 2009; Focus: major trauma resuscitation and outcome, ultrasound guided regional anesthesia. Medical Director Austrian Air Rescue (16 HEMS programs) since 2000; Research focus in resuscitation, shock and trauma care, emergency medicine. Wolfgang G. Voelckel, M.D., M.Sc., D.E.A.A. Associate Professor (Affiliation Medical University Innsbruck, Austria) Head, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine AUVA Trauma Center Salzburg, Austria Medical Director Austrian Air Rescue (HEMS) Christophorus Air Rescue, Vienna Austria

  13. Dr James Mapstone

    James moved from emergency medicine training to being the clinical lecturer in injury research at LSHTM. In between teaching study design, advanced epidemiology, statistical methods of epidemiology and advanced statistical methods of epidemiology, he supported the CRASH trial, produced a number of systematic reviews and published a meta-regression on animal studies on fluid resuscitation. The systematic reviews included a systematic review of systematic reviews on injury prevention and a systematic review of whether conspicuity (fluorescent and reflective strips) prevented injuries in pedestrians and cyclists. Up until April 2013, he was the clinical director of acute care for the South of England and was involved in the changes to the stroke and major trauma pathways. He is on the MIA rota for South Central Ambulance Service and on the MERIT team. Despite finding no evidence that conspicuity reduces injuries, he still wears a high visibility jacket at the roadside.

  14. Colonel Professor Tim Hodgetts CBE

    Medical Director, NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
    Honorary Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Birmingham

    Tim Hodgetts qualified in 1986 and specialized in emergency medicine, becoming consultant in 1995 and professor in 1998. He has held chairs in Emergency Medicine at the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (1998-2001) and the University of Birmingham (2001-date); he was the inaugural Defence Professor of Emergency Medicine at the College of Emergency Medicine and the Penman Foundation Professor of Surgery in 2011. His passion has been the development of national and international training programmes in first aid, pre-hospital care, trauma and disaster medicine for military and civilian audiences. He was made Officer of the Order of St John in 1999 for services to medical education and humanity, and Commander of the British Empire in 2009 for implementing broad advances to improve survival in combat casualty care. In 2006 he was the national Hospital Doctor of the Year and in 2010 he received the Danish Defence Medal for Meritorious Service for his clinical leadership in a multinational field hospital in Afghanistan. He is widely published in the field of emergency medicine and has a prominent international profile as a plenary speaker at conferences.

  15. Mr Harald Veen

    Consultant General Surgeon registered in the Netherlands in 1992, and in the UK in 2002. Surgical practice in oncological, vascular and trauma surgery in the Netherlands from 1992 until 2002. The past decade more focus on trauma surgery, from 2003 to 2006 for the NHS in the UK, and from 2006 to 2012 for the Royal Navy in Gibraltar. Between 1992 and 2012 surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross in around 30 missions in war zones around the world. Previously an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) instructor, and currently Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills (DSTS) instructor at the London Royal College of Surgeons. Involved in the new Surgical Training in the Austere Environment (STAE) course at the London RCS. Since 2012, Chief Surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.

  16. Dr John McMaster

    Having completed an orthopaedic trauma fellowship in Calgary, I have been a full time consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford since 2005. My area of special interest is pelvic and acetabular fractures. In my effort to spread the gospel of trauma I am an active member of the faculties for AO Trauma International and ATLS. As a member of the Major Trauma Clinical Advisory Group I am proud to have had a very small role in the introduction of Major Trauma Networks in England. I have subsequently overseen the implementation of the Major Trauma Network within Thames Valley. This involvement however has necessitated joining management as a Clinical Director which has been a surprisingly rewarding flirtation with the ‘dark side’. I remain actively involved with the development of Trauma care in England as part of the Major Trauma Clinical Reference Group. As respite from the NHS I have deployed to Kosovo and Afghanistan as a Territorial Army orthopaedic surgeon.

  17. Professor Mervyn Singer

    Mervyn Singer is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL and an NIHR Senior Investigator. His research interests focus predominantly on the pathophysiology, monitoring and management of sepsis and other shock states, that spans from bench to bedside and back again.

  18. Mr Jan Jansen

    Jan qualified from Guy's and St. Thomas's in London, then moved to Scotland for his general surgical training. During his training Jan was awarded fellowships in trauma in Johannesburg and critical care medicine in Toronto. Currently he works as consultant in general surgery and intensive care medicine at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. As a member of the reserve forces he has completed two tours of Afghanistan and in 2008 was awarded Queens Commendation for Valuable Service. In 2009 Jan was awarded the Moynihan Travelling Fellowship of the Association of Surgeons Of Great Britain and Ireland to study provision of trauma care in the United States. His research interests include the organisation of trauma care and resuscitation.

  19. Professor Monty Mythen

    Professor Mythen is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in London. He is Director of R&D at the UCLH/UCL Research Support Centre a Board Member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and a Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthesia (RCoA).

  20. Dr Colette Griffin

    Bio will appear here shortly.

  21. Dr David Sharp

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  22. Matt Kramer

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  23. Mr Peter Dziewulski Kramer

    Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon & Clinical Director to the Burns Service. Chelmsford Burns unit. Peter has a special interest in burn management. He belongs to the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons, England, is on the Executive Committee on the British Burn Association and is on the Editorial Committee of the Burns Journal. He has published widely on burns management including emergency preparedness and burns care.

  24. Dr Ross Davenport

    Mr Ross Davenport is a Specialist Registrar in trauma and vascular surgery at the Royal London Hospital and a Clinical Lecturer in Trauma Sciences at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London. He has worked in pre-hospital care with both the London and Essex & Hertfordshire Helicopter Emergency Medicine Services. Dr Davenport’s PhD thesis was in acute traumatic coagulopathy and haemostatic response to transfusion. His current research interests include novel diagnostics, management of trauma-induced coagulopathy and trauma systems. He lectures and teaches on the London Air Ambulance Helicopter Crew Course and the Wessex Emergency Thoracotomy Course.

  25. Dr Erik Dietrichs

    Currently employed as PhD researcher in Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation and in the Anaesthesia and Critical Care Research Group at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at The University of Tromsø. Dr Erik Dietrichs' Education background is in Medicine with extended research scholarship at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

  26. Dr Steen Barnung

    Department of Anesthesia Center of Head and Orthopedics Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet. Shares his experience of the Danish Praeste Fjord Boating Accident in 2011.

  27. Dr Bob Winter

    National Clinical Director for Emergency Preparedness and Critical Care; Bob Winter is a past President of the Intensive Care Society and Consultant in Adult Critical Care Medicine at Nottingham University Hospitals. He trained in Nottingham and returned there after going to Burton on Trent, Truro and Bristol where he completed his MD under the supervision of Dr Sheila Willatts. He is also Chair of Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support UK, medical lead for Mid-Trent Critical Care Network and clinical lead for major trauma in the East Midlands.

  28. Professor Bryan McNally

    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta. Has a range of research interests in emergency medicine, emergency medical services and public health. In the specialty, he is particularly interested in the treatment of time sensitive cardiac conditions including sudden cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction. His focus has been in the development of registries both locally and nationally that allow for benchmarking of care for these conditions in an effort to improve survival. He is the Executive Director of the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival Program, that was founded in 2004 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University. He is a consultant to the Pan Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study (PAROS) and is a visiting Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Duke-National University of Singapore. His public health interests include working internationally in the Republic of Georgia an effort to improve their public Emergency Services System and working domestically with the National Weather Service on programs that involve extreme weather events including the impact they have on public's health and disaster preparedness for health care institutions.

  29. Dr Stephen Edwards

    Dr Stephen Edwards is an Earth Scientist at University College London, where he is the Deputy Director of the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. He specialises in the assessment and management of risk associated with natural hazards and natural resources, particularly volcanism and water. Stephen has over 25 years of research, teaching, training and knowledge exchange experience through his work at universities in the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea. He uses this experience to facilitate and sustain research and knowledge exchange partnerships with the business, humanitarian and development sectors in order to assist them understand and reduce potential disaster and resource risk through greater engagement with the natural and environmental sciences.

  30. Julian Thompson

    Julian Thompson is Executive Director of London's Air Ambulance and has trained in Intensive Care, Anaesthesia and Pre Hospital Care in Oxford and London. In his role at London's Air Ambulance he has helped develop the education, research and operational elements of the service. His research interests include genetics, high altitude physiology and prehospital care. He has served with the British Army in Afghanistan and organised mountaineering and exploratory expeditions across the world, including reaching the summit of Mount Everest in 2005.