Neal W. Pollock, Ph.D.


Neal Pollock is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology at Université Laval in Québec, QC and Research Chair at the Centre de médicine de plongée du Québec, Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, QC. He was previously Research Director at Divers Alert Network (DAN) and conducted research at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, Duke University, both in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to completing his doctoral studies he served as Diving Officer at the University of British Columbia. His academic training is in zoology, exercise physiology and environmental physiology. His research interests focus on human health and safety in extreme environments, primarily related to diving. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine and on the editorial board of the journal Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. He has served as a peer reviewer for 29 different scientific journals. He currently serves as a director-at-large on the CUHMA board, as scientific director of Undersea Medicine Canada, and on the diving control board of the University of the Virgin Islands. He held previous board appointments with the Canadian Association for Underwater Science (including President) and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, and was a voting member on the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Diving and Caisson Systems. He established and serves as editor of the CUHMA E-News. He lectures extensively, locally through internationally.

What are the 3 most important initiatives you would like to champion as a CUHMA BOD member?

CUHMA is in an important stage of development in which growth must be encouraged. The initiatives I am most interested in championing are those that promote engagement, education, and research. I see the CUHMA E-News as a vital vehicle in this effort. The publication informs readers about the latest news and research. I would like to continue to develop it as a resource for the community. I see scientific meetings as another critical tool to promote communication, education, research capabilities, and collaboration. I have served as one of the co-organizers of the last two annual meetings, and would like to continue to foster the increasing focus on best science. The third initiative that I would like to champion is the development of programs to fund research, particularly for students and young investigators. I believe that the time is right to develop competitive awards (modest at first) to support new research initiatives and to present new material at CUHMA meetings. It is the science content that makes scientific meetings broadly compelling.