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Neal W. Pollock, Ph.D.

Director at Large 2016-2018

Neal Pollock is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Kinesiology, School of Medicine, Université Laval in Québec City and Research Chair at the Centre de Medicine de Plongée du Québec, Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis in Québec City. He returned to Canada in 2016 after having spent 20 years as the Research Director at Divers Alert Network (DAN), and a Research Associate at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University Medical Center, both in Durham, North Carolina.

His academic training is in zoology, exercise physiology and environmental physiology. His research interests focus on human health and safety in extreme environments. He is actively involved in studies of diving and freediving safety, astronaut decompression, and ultrasonic assessment of decompression-induced bubbles. He lectures extensively related to diving science and safety, and served as the Course Director of the DAN Continuing Medical Education program for physicians from 2009 to 2016. He is currently on the editorial board of the journal Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. He has served on executive boards of the Canadian Association for Underwater Science (1987-1993), the Canadian Federation of Underwater Activity (1990-1991), the American Academy of Underwater Science (2007-2012), and the American Academy of Underwater Science Foundation (2012-2016).