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JEGHBM Expert Group Report 2020

Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine 2018-2020 Report

Expert Group of the Life Sciences Group

Report Author(s): Anne Hicks (UK), Nathalie Pattyn (Belgium), Paul LaForet (France)


Summary of activities from 2018-20


  1. POLAR 2019 Open Science Conference, August 2019, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine (JEGHBM) attended by members from 21 countries, met to update information and discuss best methods to assess and collaborate to preserve human health and well-being within the context of International Antarctic Treaty, specifically in terms of expeditioner health, gathering of critical data on medical support in the extreme environment of Antarctica, health and medical resources, best clinical practices.
  2. Update of the JEGHBM-EG webpage on the SCAR website, with general access for membership and select access for licensed clinical providers.
  3. Mobilization of CONMAP/SCAR International Clinical community to address the global COVID 19 Pandemic. Report available to membership of JEGHBM members and affiliated groups on JEGHBM webpages and COMNAP website members area.
  4. SCAR 2020 special program addressing extreme environments from Antarctica to Outer Space. Citation of sessions planned or currently still on the books for remote activity.