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Report of the International Conference of the ICMM European Regional Working Group

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International Conference of the
ICMM European Regional Working Group
Moscow, Russian Federation
March 26-30, 2012

Report

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REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE
ICMM EUROPEAN REGIONAL WORKING GROUP


Participants
Chaired by Col. Anatoly KALMYKOV (MD), acting Surgeon General of Russian Federation Armed Forces, the conference, held on March from Monday the 26th to Friday the 30th, gathered a total of 390 participants coming from 19 countries (340 from the Russian Federation, 50 from other countries).
Participating countries:
- 10 ICMM member states: Austria, China, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, USA, UAE.
- 9 non ICMM countries (observers): Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Accomodation and Venue
Foreign participants were nicely welcomed at the airport. They were all accommodated in Borodino Hotel.
The conference venue was the State Institute for Postgraduate Training of Medical Doctors of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. The main conference hall was available for plenary sessions, with translation from Russian to English and from English to Russian, and a smaller conference hall was dedicated to parallel sessions, where English was the only admitted working language.
Two galleries accommodated the exhibition organized by the companies sponsoring the conference.

Scientific Program
Col. Prof. Ivan KHOLIKOV chaired the Conference Organizing Committee.
The conference addressed 5 main topics:
- Combat trauma.
- Cold and burn injury.
- Medical protection from CBRN.
- Regional military epidemiology.
- Aviation and occupational medicine.
The plenary sessions were organized around 3 themes
- Organization of medical support in everyday activities, during liquidation of consequences of anthropogenic accidents and natural disasters.
- Organization of care in combat trauma and thermal injuries.
- Preventive medicine.

Social Events
The Welcome Cocktail on Monday in the gallery of the State Institute for Postgraduate Training of Medical Doctors of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, the visit to Burdenko Main Military Clinical Hospital on Tuesday in the afternoon, a tour in Moscow on Thursday afternoonand the Gala Dinner on Thursday evening at Borodino Hotel, hall Denis Davydov, gave the participant the opportunity to meet in a very friendly atmosphere.

Preparation of other Pan European Regional Working Group's activities
During the conference, Col. Anatoly KALMYKOV (MD), acting Surgeon General of Russian Federation Armed Forces, and Brig Gen Ron VAN DER MEER (MD), Surgeon General of the Dutch Armed Forces, chaired a meeting that addressed some questions relating to the preparation of the round tables and the Regional Assembly to be organized during the 2nd ICMM Pan European Regional Congress in Amsterdam from June the 4th to the 8th.

Conclusion
This conference was organized under the initiative of the Surgeon General of the Russian Federation Armed Forces Health Service, chairing the ICMM Pan European Regional Working Group since 2010, as a response to the suggestion of the ICMM International Working Group relating to the development of training activities in the field of medical support of troops deployed in extreme environments.
This conference is the first of many others scientific events, including international courses, which will be held to address this theme.