DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB TO HOST WILDERNESS MEDICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE ON OUR PATIENTS – OUR PLANETS OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 3, 2013
October 15, 2013
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) will host over 40 members of the international organization Wilderness Medical Society’s (WMS) conference on “Our Patients – Our Planet” on October 30 to November 3, 2013.
Founded in 1983, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is the world's leading organization devoted to wilderness medical challenges. Wilderness medicine topics include expedition and disaster medicine, dive medicine, search and rescue, altitude illness, cold- and heat-related illness, wilderness trauma, and wild animal attacks. WMS explores health risks and safety issues in extreme situations such as mountains, jungles, deserts, caves, marine environments, and space.
This is WMS’ first conference solely committed to the issue of the health of the environment. During the conference, members will give back to the environment by providing a service project in the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Members will also join DISL’s Senior Marine Scientist Dr. John Dindo on a two-hour boat cruise in Mobile Bay where they will experience first-hand the area’s biodiversity.
Dr. Lynn Yonge, MD, of Fairhope, AL and a member of the WMS Board of Directors, said, “There are many examples of environmental change affecting human health. Some, like water and wastewater treatment, have had a positive impact while most others, air pollution, toxic chemicals and climate change have detrimental effects.
“This conference is designed for health care providers to learn how changes in the environment affect the medical conditions of their patients and how to be more engaged in working toward solutions.”
Dr. Dindo, DISL, stated, “We are pleased to provide the site for this vital conference of the WMS. Their mission of providing excellent care in the context of the environment meshes perfectly with our mission of environmental education. Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico provide an ideal setting for learning about the health of people and our planet.”