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2024 Annual Scientific Meeting

This one-day, fully accredited online meeting was held Saturday, April 27. Topics included perspectives from Tobermory, physiological limitations of technology, the Titan sub disaster, polar diving, and expedition medicine.

  • This one credit per-hour group learning program was certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 5 mainpro+ credits. 
  • This program was an accredited group learning activity eligible for up to 5 section 1 credits by the maintenance of certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • This event as reviewed and approved by the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology for 5 category DMT credit hours.


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10:00-16:45 Eastern
07:00-13:45 Pacific

Faculty of leading experts from across Canada

George Harpur

George Harpur, MD

  • Diving started at age 14.
  • HBOT research:
    • As undergrad at Banting/Best Institute dogs
    • At DCIEM - development of new dive tables 1966-1969
    • At Tobermory - related to diver training, rescue, and emergency ascent.
  • Medical Director Tobermory Hyperbaric Facility 1975 -2024
  • Medical advisor, ACUC & NAUI Canada 1974 to dissolution.
  • Coroner service, Ontario 1969-2023.
  • About to retire.
Neal W. Pollock

Neal W. Pollock, PhD

Neal Pollock holds a Research Chair in Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine and is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology at Université Laval in Québec, Canada. He was previously Research Director at Divers Alert Network (DAN) and conducted research at Duke University, 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.

Ian Kirby

Ian Kirby, MD

Dr Ian Kirby is a Family Physician with the Canadian Military who completed a Fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at the University California San Diego. Currently, he is the medical advisor for the Canadian Forces Submarine Formation and the Fleet Diving Unit Pacific. In 2023, he was called upon to guide the Medical Mobilization for the TITAN Submersible response.

Caroline Bain

Caroline Bain, MD

Dr Bain completed Family Medicine Residency in Edmonton, Alberta. Her love of oceans and travelling resulted in obtaining Open Water Diver, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Cave Diver, Advanced Trimix Diver, Physician Training in Diving Medicine, Advanced Diving Medicine Clinician, and Travel Health certifications. She has worked at the Calgary hyperbaric chamber since 1999 performing recreational and commercial dive medical. She was elected to membership in the Explorers club in 2015 and the CUHMA Board of directors in 2018. She has provided medical support to numerous expeditions including the 2019 Sedna Epic Expedition to Norway and 2023 Antarctic Climate Expedition.

Hafeez Jamal

Hafeez Jamal, MD

Dr. Jamal practices in Anesthesia, Hyperbaric & Dive Medicine, and Wound Care in Ontario, Canada. He is also a Marine Ecologist and PADI Divemaster, currently advising on mangrove restoration and Nature Based Solutions for Climate Change along the Swahili Coast. His love for the sea – for its preservation, celebration and contemplation – is the driving force underlying the different dimensions of his career.