Thursday, April 13, 2006

Notes from Don Chandler, Exec. Dir. UHMS

To all-

In this email you will find information on the following topics.

1. Our Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando.
2. The United States/Japan Panel Meeting in Kauai, Hawaii
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1. Our Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando. Well, you have done it again. Our record is clean in not having to pay for our meeting rooms at our host hotel. Our "magic" number was 80% of the contracted room nights in order to get meeting rooms free of charge. We have made it! Thanks to all of you who have registered already for making this happen. For those of you who have not yet made your reservations at the Hilton Hotel at Disney World, I encourage you to do so as soon as you can so you can take advantage of our discounted rate before we fill all the blocked rooms. Telephone (407) 827-4000 or (800) 782-4414 for reservations at the Hilton Disney World and please make sure you mention "Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society" in order to get the discounted rate of $148.00 per night.

If you choose, you can make room reservations at our overflow hotel, the Grosvenor, at the discounted rate of $89.00 per night if you mention "Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society." The Grosvenor is located just across the street from the Hilton and their telephone number is (800) 624-4109 or (407) 828-4444.

By the way, there is bus service to and from the airport at a cost of $17.00 (a taxi will cost about $50.00). If you drive to our host hotel, there is complimentary parking but if you use a valet it will cost $12.00. A brochure on its way to you as I write this...if it hasn't already been mailed (some have been) it soon will be. The brochure has lots of information about what will be available at the meeting, a tentative program, a registration sheet, and folded within is a ballot for voting for UHMS officer candidates.

If you haven't registered for our meeting as yet, remember you can go to our website at www.uhms.org and register on line. Many have done so and I encourage this to everyone because it reduces our work here at the home office and should save you lots of time.

2. The United States/Japan Panel Meeting in Kauai, Hawaii. This panel was born out of the long time U.S. State Department program called "United States/Japan Agreement in Natural Resources" (UJNR). The Diving Physiology/Technology Panel was one of nineteen panels and for at least a quarter century it was one of the, if not the, most active panels of the agreement. About four years ago NOAA, who had been the U.S. sponsor for many years, determined that it no longer fit their mission and declared the panel inactive.

Many of us in both Japan and the U.S. who had been a part of the panel for many years wanted to continue with the meetings every two years, trading locations between Japan and the United States. In organizing a plan to continue the biennial meetings, we determined to open the panel to Aerospace Medicine because in recent years we had Astronaut members from both the U.S. and Japan presenting at each meeting. Our first panel meeting without NOAA sponsorship was held in Tokyo in 2004 at the Tokyo Medical Dental University. Dr.'s Yoshihiro Mano and Mahito Kawashima organized the meeting and to say it was an excellent one would be an understatement. These two notable physicians organized a meeting that went beyond anything that we expected.

The next meeting is in the U.S. and since I am the Chair for the U.S. side, I chose Kauai, Hawaii for the 2006 meeting. We were there for a UJNR meeting many years ago and it proved to be a great place to meet...relaxing and VERY laid back. October 19-21, 2006 will find this important scientific meeting at the Sheraton Kauai Resort, 2440 Ho'oani Road, Koloa, HI 96756. We have negotiated two rates, one for an ocean view and one with a garden view. When you call, tell the reservation clerk you are with the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society UJNR Meeting and want the "EXTEND" plan.in order to get the discounted rates.The meeting is open to all interested parties and if you are interested in presenting, please send your abstract to me at donchandler@uhms.org I hope to see many of you there.

Consider attending the U.S./Japan Panel meeting in Kauai. You won't be sorry you did.

That's all for now, folks. I will be back with you when I hear of more developments that benefit us as a professional society.

Don