Author: ICMS Admin

01 Feb

ICMS CAFE: Join Dr. Jenny Bertin, Dr. Robert Hernandez & Rickard Johansson to discuss Motorsport & Covid-19

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Ready for another virtual Cafe? This month Dr. Jenny Bertin, ENT Surgeon, Dr. Robert Hernandez, Infectious Disease Specialist, & Rickard Johansson, Extrication and rescue specialist, to discuss Motorsport and the impact Covid-19 has had on the industry, it’s standards & procedures.

This free, one-hour social event for anyone from the industry and open to members and non-members. The Cafe will be hosted on the Zoom platform to enhance the networking experience.

The event is scheduled for February 24, 2021 and will start at 4 P.M. EST. We look forward to your input on this topic.

Click here to register for the February 24 Cafe.

17 Jan

ICMS Board of Directors 2021 Election Certification

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In accordance with the By-Laws of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) filed with the Secretary of the State of Indiana, we hereby certify and warrant that all ballots submitted by the ICMS membership voting for the ICMS Board of Directors have been counted and voting has ended at the close of business (5:00 pm EST) on January 16, 2021.

The result, listed in alphabetical order, announces those elected to the Board of Directors:

  • Tara Amenson, Ph.D
  • David Ferguson, Ph.D
  • Matthew MacPartlin, M.D.

The newly elected members will take office immediately following the Board of Directors meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 11, 2019. The Board of Directors will, on that date, elect its officers for 2020.

Certified and warranted:
Matthew MacPartlin, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer & Tom Weisenbach, Executive Director


About our newly elected members of the Board of Directors:

Tara Amenson, Ph.D
Dr. Amenson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Colorado State University, followed by a Master of Public Health from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. Subsequently at Wayne State University she received her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on impact biomechanics.  She spent the next five years at the Transportation Research Center, Inc., where she was a contractor to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) in the biomechanics and crashworthiness divisions. At present she is responsible for accident investigation and reconstruction of incidents involving vehicles, products, or biomechanical injury for S-E-A Limited in Columbus, Ohio. A long-standing member of the ICMS, Tara currently serves as Chair of the Annual Congress Curriculum Committee.
David Ferguson, Ph.D
Dr. Ferguson is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology specializing in motorsport at Michigan State University. With over 15 years of experience in professional auto racing, Dr. Ferguson’s forte is supporting racing drivers by helping them improve their performance while staying safe. He began his journey by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Following this, he earned a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During this time, he began working with NASCAR pit crews to improve their health and performance. He went on to earn a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Texas A&M University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nutrition and Cardiovascular Physiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He has published multiple key scientific papers on the physiology of auto racing and written a book on the topic. His expertise supported drivers in NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1 and IMSA.  David is passionate about mentoring students in motorsport physiology and frequently oversees several student-led motorsport projects a year. A member of the Board of Directors of the ICMS for the past three years, David serves as member-at-large on the ICMS Executive and oversaw a review of the ICMS Bylaws in 2019.
Matthew MacPartlin, M.D.
Dr. Mac Partlin is an Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine physician who grew up in Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Sydney, Australia. He has been actively involved in motor sports medicine, both on and off the track, for over twenty years. He works with several Australian motorsport response agencies and his local track is Sydney Motorsport Park. Matthew is a Motorsport Australia National Medical Advisory Committee member and is on the board of the Australian Institute for Motorsport Safety and Sustainability. He is the medical assessor for Speedway Australia and is currently the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for both the WRC Rally Australia and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Dr Mac Partlin has been dedicated to training and knowledge translation for critical care and motorsport medical response. He is the founder and author for the Rollcage Medic blog and podcast and a co-founder and author for the Intensive Care Network blog. He established and runs the annual Medicine and Rescue in Motorsport training day held at the WRC Rally Australia event. Matthew likes tinkering with medical 3D printing, ride road and mountain bikes and is a fledgling drummer.  A member of the Board of Directors of the ICMS for the past three years, Matthew currently serves as ICMS Treasurer and Membership Committee Chair.
05 Jan

ICMS CAFE: Join Scot Elkins to discuss Extreme E & Virtual Track Technology

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Join us for this fantastic networking opportunity! Every month the ICMS is hosting a Virtual Cafe. This month Scot Elkins, founder of The Elkins Group (TEG) & Race Director of the FIA Formula E Championship will be discussing Extreme E & Virtual Track Technology. This is expected to be a fun, one-hour social event for anyone from the industry and open to members and non-members. The Cafe will be hosted on the Zoom platform to enhance the networking experience.

The event is scheduled for January 20, 2021 and will start at 4 P.M. EST. We look forward to your input on this topic!

Click here to register for the January 20 Cafe.
10 Dec

Read the latest FIA publication of AUTO+Medical #21

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Click here to read the latest issue of the AUTO+Medical issue #21.

This issue includes an article on page 5 on our Chairman of the Board, Dr. Rob Seal, and his induction into the Canadian Motor sport Hall of Fame (CMHF) for his work in motor sport Medecine. Congratulations to Dr. Seal! In addition, on page 36 you will find a contribution from another ICMS Member and Board of Director, Dr. Matthew Mac Partlin, with the Scientific Article: Pre-hospital TXA for Trauma – The Staamp Trial.

24 Nov


ICMS Admin News
As the racing season wraps up in the northern hemisphere, the season is getting ready to start in the southern hemisphere and we all need to stay positive that we can get back to “normal” soon!

In the meantime the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) would like to introduce you to Bits & Pieces, our newsletter, from around the world! Click here to view our newsletter.

09 Nov


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Are you missing out on networking events? Every month the ICMS will host a Virtual Café where there will be a topic selected by the host and then have an open discussion with anyone who stops. This will be a fun, one-hour social event for anyone from the industry and open to members and non-members. The Cafe will be hosted on the Zoom platform to enhance the networking experience.

The inaugural ICMS Café is scheduled for November 18, 2020 and will start at 4 PM EST. The first Café discussion will be on Traumatic Cardiac Arrest in Motorsport. Over the years I have seen drivers, crew members, owners, series officials and fans all have cardiac issues while at the track. We look forward to your input on this topic!

Click here to register today for the November 18 Cafe.
04 Nov


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The ICMS Annual Congress Goes Virtual!

No travel required and once again, we have an outstanding line up of topics and world-class speakers!

Connect with your colleagues from around the world!


The ICMS Annual Congress works around your busy schedule this year. Don’t miss out on three days of live content and on-demand access to continue learning on your own time in a unique, interactive virtual experience.

Click here to check out the full schedule and start planning your virtual learning journey today!

ICMS members receive a considerable discount when registering for the Annual Congress. If you aren’t sure if your membership is current or would like to join the ICMS, contact our Executive Director, Tom Weisenbach at The savings are notable and the ICMS is offering new year-round benefits that include:

We look forward to having you join us in December! Be sure to invite your peers and share the opportunity for them learn the latest in the scientific, medical, and educational aspects of the human element in motor sport.

21 Jul

2019 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members # 10

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Here is another great presentation given at the Annual Congress this past December 2019. We we will continue to post the presentations over the next couple of weeks. Remember, the material is posted under the Members Only section.

Stay tuned as a new presentation is uploaded each week. Click here to listen to this Presentation.

Title: The Dan Q. Marisi Memorial Lecture – Urban Tactical Driving For Secret Service State And Department Staff
Speaker: Wesley Wong, Former Head Of The Fbi Driving School, Quantico

Speaker Bio:Mr. Wong served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he investigated Organized Crime, Asian Gangs and Foreign Counter-Intelligence cases and served in numerous undercover roles. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the United States Special Operations Command and a Senior Fellow of Advanced Antiterrorism Studies at the Air Force Special Operations School. He serves on the board of the National Corvette Museum (NCM) and the NCM Motorsports Park. For fun, he is involved with the factory Corvette Racing Team.


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