Over the past few years, it has become evident that research and education in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine is of paramount importance, not only to increase our scientific knowledge, but also to increase the acceptance of the therapeutic modality "hyperbaric oxygenation" in this era of EBM.
Therefore, on this page, you will find announcements of ongoing (enrolling participating centers) research projects, as well as courses and events.
If you would like to contribute (= advertise your research or course or event), this is free of charge (of course) - just send a mail to the Webmaster with the useful information.


Ongoing research projects
planned or seeking to enroll investigators


The main objective of the trial is to determine the benefit of HBO in the prevention of osteoradionecrosis (ORN) subsequent to a surgical procedure in the irradiated mandible.
Experimental arm is Standard management plus HBO: Patients will undergo 20 HBO treatments prior to surgery followed by a further 10 daily HBO treatments. For details of the standard management please visit the HOPON webpage at: http://www.lctu.org.uk/trial/trial_info.asp?id=49&tgcode=2&menuid=30

Sites involved will be awarded £200 for each patient who completes the trial. For more information please contact Mr. Matthew Bickerstaff (Trial Coordinator - oasis@liverpool.ac.uk) or Mr. Richard Shaw (Chief Investigator - richard.shaw@liverpool.ac.uk)

Information leaflet here.


HOLLT stands for Hyperbaric Oxygen in Lower Limb Trauma. HOLLT is an international multi-centre, randomised controlled trial which aims to assess the benefit of providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) during the acute stages of management of severe lower leg injuries, as an adjunct to normal trauma care. It is being conducted by an international network of trauma centres with hyperbaric treatment facilities that are suitable for treating severely injured patients. The HOLLT Study Coordinating Centre is within the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

The study design is based upon a pilot study previously undertaken by The Alfred Hyperbaric Service which is located on the same campus. Patients who have suffered an open fracture of the tibia with severe soft tissue injury are enrolled within 48 hours of injury to receive either normal orthopaedic trauma care or normal care with the addition of an intensive, week long course of hyperbaric oxygen. Enrolments commenced in Melbourne in 2007 and a range of collaborating sites have since joined the study. The study aims to enrol its target of 120 subjects by sometime in 2013 and each subject will be followed up for two years minimum. Although the study started slowly, it is now progressing steadily towards completion.

The HOLLT study initially received research grant funding from Victoria's Transport Accident Commission and subsequently was awarded a Project Grant by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council for five years of funding to cover the costs of operation of the research coordination centre. This is a collaborative, investigator led study; however most of the costs of enrolling patients at each study site are dependent upon collaborators having local resources or achieving local funding to enable participation. All the investigators are indebted to their institutions for the support provided to conduct clinical research in addition to their normal hyperbaric unit operations.

It is hoped that the collaboration formed to enable this study will provide the basis for further studies in the future. At this stage, further collaborators could still be integrated into the research group if suitably equipped and experienced.

Click here to download the June 2012 HOLLT Newsletter

Principal Investigator : Dr Ian Millar, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Tel: +61 (0)3 9903 0926
Fax: +61 (0)3 9903 3052
Email: hollt@monash.edu


The PHYPODE Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2010-Initial Training Network program aims to foster knowledge of decompression phenomena.

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  1. Develop an educational and research framework for cross-fertilization of research activities focused on the physiopathology of decompression specifically focusing on the formation of intravascular bubbles with their pathophysiological and clinical consequences.
  2. Promote exchanges of fellows in mixed industrial-academic Research & Development trajectories, thereby giving young researchers opportunities to share research techniques and resources, and jointly participate in courses, seminars, workshops and congress.
  3. Widen the career prospects of young researchers by embracing the whole chain of research applied to decompression: epidemiological, clinical and fundamental research, ground experimentation with professional divers and applied research in industry for the management of decompression.

The project began in January 2011 and will finish in 4 years at the end of 2014. It unites academic partners, international not-for-profit associations, hyperbaric medical centres and industrial partners on an international scale to provide a collaborative training and research programme for Early Stage (ESR) and Experienced (ER) researchers.
Additional information is available at http://www.phypode.org/

European Meetings and Courses

Scott Haldane Foundation, The Netherlands

The Scott Haldane Foundation (SHF) is an international institute for the training and education of diving medical examiners and diving medicine physicians.
It was founded in 1976 to spread diving medical know-how among physicians and to provide support for those wishing to attend international diving medical meetings. In those old days, SHF also published a booklet about diving medicine and issued a magazine for a short period of time.
After hibernating for a while, in 2003 a revived SHF started to develop regular courses in diving and hyperbaric medicine (DHM). In the past decade, over 2,000 physicians have participated in SHF courses. Though SHF’s origins lie in The Netherlands, courses have been run in more than 20 countries, from Honduras to Indonesia and Tanzania to Belgium. The SHF faculties consist of world-renowned specialists in diving medicine, from Australasia, the USA and Europe.
The SHF courses also laid the fundamentals for a certification system in The Netherlands for diving medical examiners and diving physicians. Since 2011, SHF has been certified by the European College of Baromedicine as providing internationally accredited courses in DHM. All courses meet EDTC/ECHM guidelines, leading to certification as Medical Examiner of Divers (level 1) or Diving Medicine Physician (DMP) (level 2d). The programmes have a modular structure allowing students to attain certification in several steps. Thanks to this modular design and the varied topics, the courses also meet CME requirements.
As well as the diving medicine courses, SHF also organizes two internships for the DMP certification. The first is in hyperbaric medicine and the second focuses on the various diving systems used in both recreational and professional diving. SHF is also involved in the organisation of international conferences in DHM, most recently the very successful first Tricontinental conference on Réunion Island in September 2013 for the EUBS, SPUMS and SAUHMA.
To learn more about the SHF courses and activities, please visit: www.scotthaldane.org.

Provisional course calendar 2014
25 January: Refresher course Fitness to dive. AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
29 March–04 April: Basic course (med. exam. of divers) Part 1. Loosdrecht, NL
05, 11 & 12 April: Basic course (med. exam. of divers) Part 2. AMC, Amsterdam, NL
17–24 May: Basic course (med. exam. of divers) Part 2. Al Sawadi, Oman
October: (dates tba): Refresher course. AMC, Amsterdam
08–15 November Basic course (med. exam. of divers) Part 1. tba, tropical location
15–22 November: 22nd In-depth course Diving medicine. tba, tropical location
22–29 November: 22nd In-depth course Diving medicine. tba, tropical location


Stichting Duik Research, The Netherlands

The medical school of the AMC offers advanced courses and master classes in diving medicine. The organization is executed by the Foundation of Dive Research (Stichting Duik Research, SDR). Low budget one-day-courses are given in the AMC, Amsterdam and one-week-courses abroad.
Coming courses: January 12, Hearing and diving, Amsterdam (in Dutch); May 9-16, Decompression strategies, Doppler assessment and DCI treatment, Marsa Shagra, Egypt (in English, master class); September 9, 2013, Diving medicine of the older diver, Amsterdam (in Dutch); November 23, Prevention of DCI' Amsterdam (in English, master class).

More information on www.diveresearch.org.


Interuniversity Diploma in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, France

University Course (1 year duration) in diving and hyperbaric medicine, organised concurrently by 13 French universities (Angers, Antilles-Guyane, Besançon, Bordeaux II, Lille 2, Lyon II, La Réunion, Marseille, Nancy, Nice, Paris XIII, Strasbourg, Toulouse).
Information on www.medsubhyp.com and http://medecine.univ-lille2.fr/fileadmin/formations/diu/hyperbar.pdf


German Society for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine (GTUEM)

An overview of basic and refresher courses in diving and hyperbaric medicine, endorsed by the GTUEM in Germany, can be found on http://www.gtuem.org/212/Kurse_/_Termine/Kurse.html


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