International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine
Académie Internationale de Médecine Aéronautique et Spatiale
Welcome to the Public Website of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. We are an international organization with membership from many countries world wide. We invite you to browse our website using the menu on the left. News items are highlighted in the far right column.
The following countries are represented in the Membership:
• • ARGENTINA• AUSTRALIA• AUSTRIA• BELGIUM• BRAZIL• BULGARIA• CANADA• CHILE• CHINA• COLOMBIA• CONGO D.R.• CROATIA• CYPRUS• DENMARK• FINLAND• FRANCE• GERMANY• HUNGARY• INDIA• IRAN• IRELAND• ISRAEL• ITALY• JAPAN• JORDAN• MALTA. G. C.• MEXICO• NAMIBIA• NEW ZEALAND• NORWAY• PAKISTAN• PANAMA• POLAND• PORTUGAL• REP. OF SOUTH KOREA• REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA• ROMANIA• SINGAPORE• SLOVENIA• SOUTH AFRICA• SPAIN• SRI LANKA• SWEDEN• SWITZERLAND• THAILAND• THE NETHERLANDS• UK• USA•
Welcome from the President
Dear Academicians and Visitors:
Welcome to the website of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM).
Since I became the IAASM president in September 2017, it has been a great honor and a very fulfilling professional experience to lead our executive team and support the voluntary activities of many Academicians involved in chairing and working in several committees. Our Academicians are a relatively small group of outstanding leaders and professionals dedicated to Aerospace Medicine and allied disciplines around the world. IAASM membership is limited to 275 colleagues from 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.
Founded in 1955, the IAASM is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and sustainability of the field of aviation and space medicine. This is achieved through international scientific collaboration among experts with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds that support our multidisciplinary nature and contribute to our valuable diversity. According to our new IAASM Strategic Plan our Vision is “To be the pre-eminent international, multi-disciplinary organization in aviation and space medicine, through the leadership, knowledge and collaboration of our members”. Our Mission is “To provide international leadership and mentorship and to advance the knowledge and understanding of aviation and space medicine through worldwide initiatives in education, training, research and practice.” For more information about our Core Values, Strategic Organizational Constructs and Goals go to https://www.iaasm.org/aboutus.cfm
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. Due to unusual circumstances, this year the Academy was able to offer three scholarships to aspiring medical professionals from Mauritius, Nigeria and Indonesia.
Our annual International Congress of Aviation & Space Medicine (ICASM) provides an excellent forum not only for the exchange of scientific knowledge and experience, but it also creates the ideal atmosphere for effective networking and for cultivating professional working relationships and friendships. The ICASM is jointly organized by our Academy and a host country with the support of their government, civil/military aviation organizations, national aerospace/aviation medicine society, and other aviation/space advocacy groups.
Thailand successfully hosted the 66th ICASM in Bangkok under the theme “Sharing the Sky Safely”, November 11-15, 2018. The Millennium Hilton provided an excellent venue for this event and there were 278 participants from 44 countries. This congress was organized by the Thai Institute of Aviation Medicine (TIAM) and the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). It was great to have the opportunity to return to this beautiful country that previously hosted another highly successful ICASM in 2008. The outstanding scientific program was the result of the joint efforts between the local Scientific Committee, the IAASM Scientific Program Committee, and all those colleagues who volunteered to deliver high quality presentations. The Thai Cave Rescue Panel was very well received and informative. The Academy appreciated the efforts of the rescuers in preparing their presentations and their willingness to share with all attendees the physical and emotional toll of the rescue. The technical visits to the National Aviation Museum of the Royal Thai Air Force, the Bangkok Aviation Center and the Flying Training School were very well planned and with good educational value. Drs Anirudh Agrawal (India), Sarita Dara (New Zealand), Patrice Guillemautot (France) and Paul Sherman (USA) were inducted as new members during the Academician’s dinner. The Gala Dinner included an excellent cultural program that was highly interactive with the audience, and the local food was delicious. The evening program concluded with the Academy’s traditional bugle ceremony that represented the official transfer of the ICASM venue from Thailand to Hungary.
The University of Debrecen and Pharmaflight will be hosting the 67th ICASM in Debrecen, Hungary, September 8-12, 2019. The theme of this congress is “Beyond Limitations”. The Congress venue will be the Hotel Lycium in Debrecen. For more information go to http://icasm2019.com
The global aerospace transportation system (civilian and military) will continue to generate many challenges with associated opportunities for academicians to contribute and make a difference by working together through our Academy. As an academician, you can contribute by: 1) assisting in the recruitment of new academicians, 2) volunteering to participate in educational outreach activities to promote our scientific discipline, 3) getting involved in mentoring the next generation of colleagues, 4) submitting abstracts for presentation in the annual International Congress of Aviation & Space Medicine, 5) actively participating in the general assembly and exercising your voting privileges, 6) expressing your interest in joining any of the several committees that perform critical functions in support of our Academy, and promptly paying your annual dues. As members of our Academy you are the most valuable and important assets, and our future as international leaders in Aerospace Medicine depends on your willingness to become actively involved to enhance the impact and relevance of our scientific field.
If you are a visitor to this website and not an academician, but support the aims of the Academy and are professionally involved in Aerospace Medicine, consider applying to join. We are always ready to welcome new members who can positively contribute to the development of Aerospace Medicine around the world.
Melchor J. Antuñano, M.D., M.S., FAsMA, FAsHFA