International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine
Académie Internationale de Médecine Aéronautique et Spatiale
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Welcome from the President
April 2020: Second communication as President of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM)
Dear Academicians and Visitors:
Since my first communication in November 2019 the world has undergone immense change as we all deal with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 illnesses. We, as an international organization founded in 1955, exist to promote the field of Aviation and Space Medicine and allied disciplines through international collaboration. Our members (Academicians) are a relatively small group, limited to 275 individuals, of the leaders and experts dedicated to Aerospace Medicine and allied disciplines around the world. Such a small and close network of colleagues makes it possible for us to coordinate joint efforts of mutual interest and promote our activities on a global scale. Now we have a global pandemic, the effects of which unite us in a new way to fight the spread of this novel coronavirus and the impacts of COVID-19 illnesses and deaths.
Our plan for 2020 was to hold our annual Congress in combination with the first International Conference of Aerospace Medicine hosted with with three other organizations – the European Society of Aerospace Medicine, La Société Francophone de Médecine Aérospatiale, and the Aerospace Medical Association.
Recently the four organizers made the decision to postpone this Conference to 2021. The new dates are 23 – 25 September 2021 in Paris.
Additionally, the interim meetings of our Committees, Council, and General Assembly which are normally held in May at the meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), will now be held virtually by electronic video conferencing during the week of May 17 – 21, 2020. The AsMA Scientific Meeting has also been postponed to October 10 – 15, 2020.
While the impacts from the pandemic are disrupting our usual meetings and conferences, the work of the Academy continues to make progress. The implementation of our Strategic Plan will move forward as we seek to grow and advance our goals for the future. Revising and updating our website presence to meet the needs of the visiting public as well as the needs of our internal operations and members will also move ahead. And finally, I want to draw your attention to our IAASM Scholarship. The $20,000 USD IAASM Scholarship has been a great tool to promote post-graduate education and research among young professionals in Aerospace Medicine and allied disciplines around the world, particularly among those countries needing knowledgeable and experienced professionals in this field. A number of previous recipients of our scholarship have advanced in their professional careers to positions of leadership in aerospace medicine in their home countries. Information about the scholarship and the application form can be found at IAASM Scholarship.
Thank you for visiting our website and visit again to stay current with changing schedules.
James M. Vanderploeg, MD, MPH, FAsMA