Dear Colleagues,

The next scientific webinar to be held as part of the virtual ICAM 2021 webinar series will be hosted by the Francophone Society of Aerospace Medicine (SOFRAMAS) on 23 September (in French) and again on 30 September (in English) during 17:00 - 19:30 hrs (Paris time).

The topic is "Tropical diseases and overseas missions in aircrew : an update in 2021", which will make an interesting change from the COVID-related webinars that have been provided lately. We encourage you to support this event, which is free and does not require registration.

The full programme is at the foot of this message and more information, including ZOOM links, is available at:

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Boothby-Edwards Award: Ries Simons

Established in memory of Walter M. Boothby, M.D., pioneer aviation medicine researcher, and Howard K. Edwards, M.D., clinical practitioner of aviation medicine, this award is presented annually for outstanding research and/or clinical practice directed at the promotion of health and prevention of disease in professional airline pilots. (The separate Boothby and Edwards Awards were given annually 1961–1973, and then alternately until 1985.) Sponsored by Harvey W. Watt and Company.

Ries Simons, M.D. is the 2021 recipient of the Boothby-Edwards Award for his wide-ranging contributions to the field of Aerospace Medicine. The award recognizes his research and efforts in preventing disease in professional pilots. His expertise and current research include: 1) medical and human factor aspects of aerospace medicine and working under extreme conditions; 2) effects of operational and environmental factors on health and performance of aviators and astronauts; 3) fatigue risk management for aircrew and military missions; 4) effects of alcohol, drugs, and medication on crew alertness and performance.

Dr. Simons is a consultant Aerospace Medicine and the cofounder of the European Pilot Peer Support Initiative (EPPSI). After earning his M.D. degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, he was licensed to practice medicine in 1973. He worked as General Practitioner, Senior Resident Internal Medicine, and practiced several years as Medical Officer in Zambia and Chad. In 1985 he became Senior Research Physician at the National Aeromedical Institute, and since 2002 has worked as Medical Advisor at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

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Dear colleagues, dear Member Associations of ESAM,

Voting for the new President-Elect is coming up very soon. We have one candidate, Dr Declan Maher from Ireland , so you can vote : YES , NO or ABSTENTION.

One voting slot will be given to each member association who has paid the membership fee, between 11 and 18 September midnight.

During the GA on Sunday 19 September starting at 14.00 , the result will be communicated.

Many thanks for your support to our Association!
The Nomination Committee of ESAM:
Roland Vermeiren (chair), Lilla Ungvary and Cristian Panait

I have been nominated as President-elect by my Society in order to continue the plan of my office. I had hoped to develop deeper relationships between the Executive Committee and the Member Associations of ESAM and external relationships with other Associations in my tenure as President.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 Pandemic has had massive impacts on all our lives in so many domains. As a family that always meet away, never at home, we have been restricted in our contacts and communications over the past 19 months.

We had planned a major venture with AsMA, IAASM and SOFAMAS for last September. Reality replaced it by a Zoom call. We will continue to work towards ICAM 2022.

We are seeing the sparks of re-ignition and movements to a new future. I believe that we need to be flexible and ready to adapt to the changes that will be required by the new normal. In that world we will need to re-establish relationships and contacts. If we learned nothing from the Pandemic, we learned that it is a very small world and that all regions are affected.

I have worked in various areas of aviation medicine over a long time and I hope that I can bring my experience and flexibility to help ESAM develop and grow from these very dark days. I see it as an opportunity to rebuild the relationships and interactions with the Member Associations of ESAM in the ethos of promoting flight safety for all.

I also hope to reach out to the representative Associations elsewhere in the world to develop relationships and co-operation in an attempt to enrich our experience of aerospace medicine to our mutual benefit.


Declan Maher
President ESAM.

CV Dr. Declan Maher Aviation Summary

Dear ESAM member associations,

The nomination period for President Elect is closed. We have one nominee, doctor Declan Maher from Ireland and the actual President. In the following weeks you will get practical info on the electronical voting process during 1 week before our virtual General Assembly on 19 September.

Many thanks for your support,
ESAM Nomination Committee

Dear ESAM members, With a heavy heart we inform you that the European aviation medicine community has lost a very experienced member in the person of Col. Dr. Virgil Baloescu. On Saturday 13.03.2021 Dr. Baloescu lost his battle with COVID-19 at the age of 73.

Dr. Baloescu was an esteemed neuro-psychiatrist with great experience working in the Romanian Air Force both as flight surgeon and neuro-psychiatrist in the Romanian Institute of Aviation Medicine (INMAS).

During this period he also supported civil aviation through his work as a civil aero-medical examiner in INMAS. He also acted as medical assessor of the Romanian Civil Aviation Authority and represented Romania in many national and international events and working groups. He was a member of the JAA Medical Subcommittee and one of the main co-authors of the psychiatry chapter of the first edition of the JAA Manual of Aviation Medicine.

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The Aerospace Medical Association, as part of the 2021 Virtual International Conference in Aerospace Medicine (2021 Virtual ICAM), is offering a two-part webinar series titled "COVID-19 Clinical Impacts and Aeromedical Implications for Aircrew Health and Performance."

The 2021 Virtual ICAM is a series of webinars offered throughout 2021 to replace the ICAM Paris that was postponed from September 2021 to September 2022. The theme of the 2021 Virtual ICAM is "Pandemics and Progress in Aerospace Medicine."

The International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM) is leading the 2021 Virtual ICAM in collaboration with the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM), and La Société Francophone de Médecine Aérospatiale (SOFRAMAS).

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COVID-19 : new virus, pandemic and what is expected from vaccination
Prof. Dr. Antonio Cassone, MD

Helping People Perform to Their Best to Inspire the Recovery
Mr. John Franklin - Head of Safety Promotion EASA

In-flight Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: What We Do and Don’t Know
Dr. David O. Freedman, MD - Managing Senior Director, Shoreland Travax and Professor Emeritus of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham

COVID-19 Vaccines: commercial aviation considerations
Dr. Ian Hosegood MD – Director of Medical Services Quantas, Australia

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