Call for Papers for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting

The Aerospace Medical Association’s 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Denver, CO. This year’s theme is “Opening the Doors to Aerospace Medicine .” Based upon the responses to a survey provided at the end of the 87th Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ, the top 10 categories of interest were: 1. Aerospace Medicine; 2. Human Performance; 3. Human Factors; 4. Travel Medicine; 5. Fatigue; 6. Accident Investigation; 7. Space Medicine; 8. Operational Medicine; 9. Medical Standards; and 10. Aeromedical Evacuation. We plan to focus the 87th Annual Scientific Meeting program in these top ten major categories. In “Opening the Doors to Aerospace Medicine,” our objective is to encourage contributions from individuals and groups new to aerospace medicine and who are beginning to see how the ubiquitous nature of the flight environment is affecting their work.

Click here or on the image to the left to read the complete Call for Papers.
To submit an abstract, please visit the abstract submission site.
The deadline for submission is October 31, 2016.


Scholarships to 2017 ICASM Offered

The 2017 International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine (ICASM), will be held in Rome, Italy, in the Fall of 2017. The Italian Association of Aerospace Medicine and the National Association of Assistants and Controllers of Air Navigation have announced the VII edition of the scientific prize “I Guido­niani.” The scholarship prize will be 2,000 Euro for the best original paper in the field of medicine, psychology, or engineering, regarding man in atmospheric/spatial flight, and 2,000 Euro for the best original paper in the field of medicine, psychology, or engineering concerning human factors in air traffic control. Scientists below the age of 35 with a degree in medicine, biology, psychology, or engineering are eligible.
    Properly completed and signed applications should be submitted online at the email address: or faxed to the number: 06.99331577. The notes for authors can be downloaded at the following address: The deadline for the presentation of applications is the 15th of June 2017. The full application form can be downloaded on the AIMAS website at the following address:

Mars Base Camp at IAC 2016

A special Highlight Lecture on Mars Base Camp will take place on Wednesday, 28 September 2016, from 17:45–18:45 at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2016 (Sept. 26–30, 2016).
The lecture will present a detailed technical discussion of how to safely execute human exploration of Mars by leveraging the heavy lift capability of Space Launch System (SLS) and the deep space human rated capabilities of Orion. Additionally, will take place an in depth discussion of the significant science that can be accomplished from a human orbiting laboratory providing a global perspective and access to both Martian moons via an excursion system, including low-latency tele robotics; sample collection, analysis, and curation; and direct investigation of Deimos and Phobos and sample return.
The discussion, moderated by Wanda Sigur, Vice-President and General Manager, Civil Space, Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, will feature prominent speakers such as Dominic A. (Tony) Antonelli, Acting Director, Advanced Programs Civil Space, Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Rob Chambers, Space Systems Company Engineer, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

For more information on IAC, please visit

AsMA Delegation to Cuba

The Aerospace Medical Association, in coordination with the Professionals Abroad division of the Academic Travel Abroad organization, is offering AsMA members the opportunity to join a delegation of Aerospace Medicine professionals to visit Cuba for the purpose of researching medical practices in the Cuban aviation system. The delegation will convene in Miami, FL on February 6, 2017 at which time we will depart for Cuba. We will return to the United States on February 11, 2017. 

Delegates will participate in professional meetings and site visits each day; the interests and composition of the team will determine the final meetings and topics for discussion.

The goals of the delegation and initial topics of discussion for the meetings and site visits have been identified as the following: 
• Observe the practice of aerospace medicine in Cuba 
• Training and appointment of aviation medical examiners for aircrew and Air Traffic Controllers 
• Review the organization and regulation of AMEs 
• Discuss occupational and preventive medicine in Cuba particularly within the aviation industry 
• Study travel health surveillance as it applies to airports, aircrew, and passengers including inbound and outbound health screening 
• Medical support for sick and/or disabled passengers arriving/departing Cuba 
• Management of in-flight medical events in Cuban aircraft and in over-flights requiring assistance on landing 
• The management of aerospace medicine in Cuba 
• Briefing from the Department of Transport as governmental agency with overall responsibility for aviation 
• Briefing from the Department of Health as the governmental agency responsible for clinical services 
• Observe clinical facilities at the airport and hospitals
For complete details, please read the Letter of Invitation found here.

Cost to Participate

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,895. This cost includes round-trip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; group transportation, Cuban Visa and license to travel to Cuba for US Citizens; meeting planning, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation. For accompanying guests, the estimated cost is $4,895 and also includes round-trip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; Cuban Visa and license to travel to Cuba for US Citizens; group transportation, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation.

Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or click here to be directed to your enrollment website. You can also visit and search for Aerospace Medical Association. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.
If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677. For additional program details, to RSVP, or to recommend a colleague to be invited please visit

Please consider joining Professor David Gradwell, AsMA President, on this delegation to Cuba. We believe this Aerospace Medicine delegation to Cuba will be personally and professionally rewarding.

FAA Forensic Toxicology Colloqium 2016

Arvind Chaturvedi Colloquium On Postmortem Forensic Toxicology In Aviation
 April 4­6, 2017
Federal Aviation Administration, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center
Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is organizing the Arvind Chaturvedi Colloquium on Postmortem Aviation Toxicology. The symposium will be held April 4–6, 2017 at the FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. There is no registration fee for attending this colloquium. However, attendees are responsible for all other expenses associated with the colloquium. Individuals interested in attending may contact Kristi Craft by December 16, 2016 to receive additional information (include your name, official title, organization, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers). Ms. Craft may be contacted via e-mail at or via mail at Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory (AAM-610), FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, P. O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73125, USA.

For more information, please see the pdf announcement or visit

New Safety Recommendations from NTSB

Improving Pilot and Aviation Medical Examiner Knowledge of Cataract Hazards

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is providing the following information to urge the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to take action on the safety recommendations in this report. These recommendations address the flight safety of pilots who develop cataracts. These recommendations are derived from the NTSB’s investigation of a December 26, 2013, fatal aircraft accident in Fresno, CA, involving a pilot with progressive cataracts who had demonstrated recent difficulty landing his airplane at night, but was able to pass FAA medical certification vision testing. The NTSB has determined there is limited educational information provided to pilots and aviation medical examiners (AME) concerning the hazards cataracts pose to flight safety, especially at night. As a result, the NTSB is issuing two recommendations to the FAA and one recommendation to AOPA.
For more information please see

Membership Database Migration Complete

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Winner of the 2015 AsMA Fellows Scholarship

The AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the winner of the 2015 scholarship.  Babak Alagha, M.D. won the scholarship for his presentation and publication of a manuscript on "Conservative Management of Mechanical Neck Pain in a Helicopter Pilot”.  

The $2,000 AsMA Fellows Scholarship is funded by the AsMA Foundation and is presented annually to an AsMA member who is a student in an aerospace medicine residency program, graduate program in aerospace medicine (Master or Ph.D.), medical certificate or aerospace diploma course, or in a full time education/training program in the allied fields of nursing, physiology, human factors, psychology, ergonomics, and engineering.  Selection criteria include delivering a slide or poster presentation as a first author at the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting and then submitting a manuscript as first author for publication in AsMA’s Aerospace Medicine & Human Performance Journal based on the same topic and/or material covered in the slide or poster presentation.   The winner is selected by the AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee based on the high scientific value, originality, quality and relevance of the candidates' presentations and published manuscripts.  

Melchor Antuñano, M.D., M.S.

AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee

AsMA Pilot Mental Health Recommendations Updated

The AsMA Pilot Mental Health Working Group recently reviewed their previously published recommendations on pilot mental health screening and updated those recommendations. This review was in response to the March 2015 Germanwings accident. Read the updated Pilot Mental Health recommendations.

AsMA Response to Draft Legislation on Third Class Medical Certification

Section 2 of the draft legislation titled Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (H.R. 1062 and S. 571) makes significant changes to the medical certification requirements for a large portion of U.S. Private Pilots.  The Aerospace Medical Association leadership and committees have carefully reviewed the draft legislation and a letter was sent to the FAA Administrator, members of the U.S. Congressional General Aviation Caucus, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, as well as the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation.  The letter describes concerns with Section 2 of the draft legislation and encourages the use of the FAA Notice of Prposed Rule Making Processes so comments and concerns from the public can be properly voiced and considered by the rule makers.


AsMA Response to Pilot Mental Health Issues

AsMA Pilot Mental Health Working Group Chairperson, Philip J. Scarpa, Jr., MD, MS, reponds to Pilot Mental Health Issues. Learn more about AsMA's efforts related to pilot mental health issues by visiting our Pilot Mental Health webpage.

Aeromedical Lessons Learned from Columbia Shuttle Mishap

Reflecting current efforts and understanding, Loss of Signal aims to present the story of Columbia from an aerospace medical angle, focusing holistically on what is important for future investigations and analysis of spacecraft mishaps. This book is written by those who participated in the crew recovery and analysis and is written from their first-hand perspective of the events. The loss of a human crew implies sensitivities that must be balanced against the public and industry need to know, with the guiding principle being prevention of further mishaps and enhanced protection for crewmembers.

Learn more here.