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16 Jul

ICMS ANNOUNCES 2019 ANNUAL CONGRESS INFORMATION

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The International Council of Motorsport Sciences has announced the Event Schedule, Advance Program and Registration procedures for the 2019 Annual Congress. The Congress will take place December 11, 12, and 13, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center.   

“We are pleased to announce the curriculum and faculty for our Annual Congress,” says Don Andrews, Executive Director of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences. “We continue to offer a wide range of scientific sessions for all interested in motorsport medicine, science and education. The 2019 Annual Congress will continue to offer practical training sessions and safety demonstrations, this will take place on Friday, December 13 at the Race Track Safety Program.”

For current information and to register for the meeting, go to the Annual Congress section of the ICMS Website. Remember you must be a current member of the ICMS to register for the meeting. In order to register you will need to login with your user name and password. Be sure to click on the Registration Form (Annual Congress) button and follow the instructions to register and pay for the meeting.

This will be an outstanding conference and seminar so confirm your plans today to join us for the 2019 ICMS Annual Congress. If you are interested in reserving a hotel room in our Marriott Place block in downtown Indianapolis, you must first register for the meeting and then send an email to donandrews@theicms.org requesting the link for the hotel information.

We look forward to another successful Annual Congress this year.

25 Jun

2018 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members – #8

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Over the next couple of months we will continue to post the presentations given at the 2018 Annual Congress. The material is included under the Members Only section.

Title: Facility Liability and the Sustainability of Motorsports in North America
Speaker: Lauri Eberhart, Esq.

Speaker Bio: Ms. Eberhart is a sports lawyer advising a variety of sports clients on legal matters, business matters and risk management, with a concentration in motorsports. Her clients include motorsports properties and other sports facilities, sanctioning bodies, race teams, media companies, authors, entrepreneurs, and athletes. She was General Counsel of Speedway Motorsports and Charlotte Motor Speedway for over 12 years and has also worked at Michigan International Speedway and Richmond Raceway. As general counsel of SMI, Lauri has negotiated sanction agreements with NASCAR, NHRA, World of Outlaws, Indy Car and others.

Here is the link for this week’s presentation, please note there are sections in this audio that are hard to hear, you may need to turn up your volume:

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18 Jun

2018 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members – #7

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Over the next couple of months we will continue to post the presentations given at the 2018 Annual Congress. The material is included under the Members Only section.

Title: PANEL – Liability Risks and Coverage for Motorsports Medical and Safety Workers
Speaker: Tom Derouin

Speaker Bio: Mr. Derouin is a business development professional with over 20 years of experience in commercial insurance with an emphasis on managing client relationships. Tom handles the motorsports division and along with the 40 staff team, represents major event promoters and track venues. MP2B Assurance Brokerage Firm is situated in Laval, Quebec and provides motorsports specialty insurance proposals across Canada. He and his staff arrange insurance specialty programs for Quebec Motocross, NASCAR Late Model, Rally Cross, Ice Racing Rally Car & Motorcycles, Nissan Micra Challenge Cup, the Formula One Circuit in Montreal and other major race tracks.

Here is the link for this week’s presentation, please note there are sections in this audio that are hard to hear, you may need to turn up your volume:

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11 Jun

2018 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members – #6

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Over the next couple of months we will continue to post the presentations given at the 2018 Annual Congress. The material is included under the Members Only section.

Title: PANEL – Liability Risks and Coverage for Motorsports Medical and Safety Workers
Speaker: Sherry Fabina-Abney, JD

Speaker Bio: Ms. Fabina-Abney is a lawyer in the health law group of Ice Miller, Indianapolis. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Purdue University, with distinction, and earned her law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She has more than 25 years of experience serving clients with medical staff, peer review, license and accreditation and physician-related issues and litigation. Sherry counsels health care systems, hospitals and professionals on a variety of legal and regulatory issues. Her litigation experience includes defending peer review actions, enforcing exclusive contracts and representing clients in physician group disputes.

Here is the link for this week’s presentation, please note there are sections in this audio that are hard to hear, you may need to turn up your volume:

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04 Jun

2018 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members – #5

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Over the next couple of months we will continue to post the presentations given at the 2018 Annual Congress. The material is included under the Members Only section.

Title: PANEL – Liability Risks and Coverage for Motorsports Medical and Safety Workers
Speaker: John Bodnar, M.D.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Bodnar is the Medical Director of the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Center and has become an integral partner with the U.S. professional motocross and Supercross community. John has been involved in the motocross racing community for 35 years, from flagging to following the Supercross and Motocross Series as its track side physician. Through the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Center, John works closely with the Road 2 Recovery Foundation who provides financial assistance to injured professional motocross riders and The Kurt Caselli Foundation which is committed to improve the safety of riders in the off-road motorcycling industry.

Here is the link for this week’s presentation, please note there are sections in this audio that are hard to hear, you may need to turn up your volume:

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29 May

2018 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members – #4

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Over the next couple of months we will continue to post the presentations given at the 2018 Annual Congress. The material is included under the Members Only section.

Title: 3D Printing – Stop Making Excuses and Make it Yourself
Speaker: Matthew Mac Partlin, M.D.

Speaker Bio: 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. Matthew is a CAMS National Medical Advisory Council member and chief medical assessor for Speedway Australia. He is currently the Deputy Chief Medical Officer WRC Rally Australia and the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Grand Prix Formula One Event. Dr. Mac Partlin is the founder and author for the Rollcage Medic blog and podcast and the co-founder and author for the Intensive Care Network blog.

Here is the link for this week’s presentation, please note there are sections in this audio that are hard to hear, you may need to turn up your volume:

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21 May

2018 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members – #3

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Over the next couple of months we will continue to post the presentations given at the 2018 Annual Congress. The material is included under the Members Only section.

Title: Fatality on the Track – Now What?
Speaker: William Liang, M.D.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Liang attended Medical School at the University of Toronto and completed his residency at McMaster University in the Department of Family Practice, Hamilton, Ontario. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at McMaster University and holds a staff position in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Cardiac Surgery at Hamilton Health Science Center. Dr. Liang is on the Emergency Staff at West Haldimand General Hospital in Hagersville, Ontario and serves as Coroner in Hamilton and Haldimand, Ontario. He is the Medical Director at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville and Medical Director of the Ontario Race Physicians.

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14 May

2018 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members – #2

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Over the next couple of months we will continue to post the presentations given at the 2018 Annual Congress. The material is included under the Members Only section.

Here is the link for this week’s presentation, please note there are sections in this audio that are hard to hear, you may need to turn up your volume:

Title: Concussions, Difficult to Diagnose, More Difficult to Manage
Speaker: Kester Need, D.O.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Nedd is a Board-Certified Neurologist with Subspecialty training in Neurological Rehabilitation and Neuro-trauma with Board Certification by the Neural Repair and Rehabilitation Certification United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Usports Brain Concussion Program and a team physician for the University of Miami Hurricane Athletic program. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Kester is involved in the evaluation of and treatment of retired NFL players that are part of the settlement program set up by the NFL.

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07 May

2018 Annual Congress Presentation Series Available to Members

ICMS Admin News

The 30th Annual Congress was a milestone in the history of the ICMS and attendance was very strong at the two-day event. This was the fourth year for the Race Track Safety Program (RTSP), which included a number of outstanding safety innovations and experiences.

Over the next few months we will be posting the presentations given at the Annual Congress. This will include both the PowerPoint and audio file when available. The material will be posted under the Members Only section of the website.

Take advantage of your membership and take a another look at these inspiring and educational presentations; and if you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the congress, this is your chance to review the material.

Stay tuned as a new presentation is uploaded each week. Here is this week’s presentation:

Title: Development of New Techniques of Concussion Diagnosis
Speaker: Charles Tator, M.D.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Tator trained in neurosurgery and neuropathology at the University of Toronto, and was the university’s Chair of Neurosurgery, from 1989-99. He was Head of Neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, and the University Health Network. In 1992, he founded ThinkFirst, Canada, a national brain and spinal cord injury foundation aimed at reducing the incidence of catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. Charles has performed research on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of brain and spinal cord injury. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for his work on prevention of spinal cord injuries and concussions in sports.

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14 Mar

In Memoriam – Charlie Whiting

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MELBOURNE, Australia, Thursday, March 14, 2019 – FIA Formula One Race Director, Permanent Starter, Safety Delegate and Head of the F1 Technical Department.

The International Council of Motorsports Sciences extends its deep condolences to the family and friends of Charlie Whiting (1952-2019). We are all in a state of shock and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of this iconic member of the motorsports family.

From Hugh E. Scully, M.D.

The entire world of motorsport was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of the iconic Charlie Whiting of a pulmonary embolus the day before the first Formula One race of 2019. Charlie devoted his entire adult life to all aspects of motorsport. He was a mechanic with the Hesketh Team in 1977. He joined the Brabham Team owned by Bernie Ecclestone in 1978, working his way up to becoming Chief Mechanic, being instrumental in Nelson Piquet winning F-1 World Championships. When Bernie became involved in his phenomenally successful promotion of Formula One, Charlie was appointed FIA Technical Delegate in 1988, becoming ever more involved in the technical and safety aspects of motorsport.Recognizing his great knowledge and experience, and his dependable poise and calm under pressure, he was appointed F-1 Race Director, Safety Delegate and Permanent Race Starter in 1997. Over the next 22 years, Charlie earned the respect and admiration of drivers, constructors, team owners, race promoters, circuit builders, the international race media, race rescue and medical teams and organizations and national and international motorsport organizations.I first met Charlie in 1978 when he was a mechanic with Brabham {together with Herbie Blash and Alan Woollard} and we became comfortable friends over the past 40 years. In my many travels with my great friend, Professor Sid Watkins, we often had conversations with Charlie about medical and safety aspects of motorsport… particularly F-1. He was a determined supporter of reinforced tubs, wheel tethers, the HANS device, head surround protection and the HALO. He was a consistent participant in the deliberations of the joint engineering / medical discussions of the FIA International Institute for Motor Sport Safety in Paris from 2007 through 2017. At the ICMS in 2015, he generously accepted our invitation to be a special speaker at our Annual General Meeting in Indianapolis. Charlie was aware of the volatile politics in Formula One, but his was a constant voice of calm and reason. He was an iconic and charismatic ambassador for all of motorsport. He will be missed by all.

From Steve Olvey, M.D.

We have tragically lost a truly remarkable icon within our sport.  Charlie Whiting has touched every aspect of our sport in some lasting way.  He was a resource to many, a mentor to some, and a friend to everyone who knew him at all well.  Always calm, but firm when necessary, he handled many of the most difficult situations our sport can manufacture.  He shared the knowledge he had amassed through the years he served as a chief mechanic on the team he began his career with through the many years within the FIA as basically the last word in Formula 1. If there was a difficult problem to be solved, he was front and center.

The safety and wellbeing of us all was his prime motivation. He could dress you down without offending or humiliating you and he could bolster you when you were not at your best. He was amenable to change if it was for the better of all and he fought anything that was unfair or detrimental in any way.  A man like Charlie comes along only rarely, usually when the world needs them the most. His ability, humor, fairness, honesty, strength, and vision will be truly missed by those of us who made contact with him as we played whatever roll we had acquired.  For those of you who were yet to meet him you don’t know it, but you had already been touched by his presence.  Charlie, the racing world is unanimous in wishing you God Speed!

From Rob Seal, M.D.

Charlie Whiting earned his status naturally by virtue of his many achievements and the roles that he played in motorsports, as well as by his interactions with others on a daily basis. Despite being an incredibly busy person charged with a great deal of responsibility, he was humble and very approachable.  Many other positive personal traits and attributes as evidenced by the way that he treated others readily spring forth when describing him including integrity, sincerity, dignity, respectfulness, efficiency, honesty.  On a personal note, of the roughly 4,000 email contacts that I have in my address book, there is no question that Charlie Whiting would win in two categories – most rapid response and most concise yet friendly response.

Through the combination of his intellect, common sense, and powers of observation, his many years in motorsports made him an immense source of knowledge and wisdom. Many of us were able to experience this first hand in candid conversation with him about the management of a racing incident.  As mentioned in the tribute written by Beaux Barfield, beneficiaries of Charlie Whiting’s deep understanding of motorsports and common sense extended beyond Formula One to other racing series and to those for whom he conducted track inspections.  Collectively, the ICMS benefited from his depth of knowledge and experience when we were honored by his presentation at our 2015 Annual Congress.

The outpouring of tributes to Charlie Whiting serve as evidence that he made many significant contributions to the motorsports safety and the evolution of the governance of the sport.  His impacts were both global and individual.  Charlie Whiting was charismatic person who will be revered and celebrated in our memories and greatly missed by all.

From Terry Trammell, M.D.

I first met Charlie Whiting at one of the early meetings of the Expert Advisory Group in 2000, when I was invited to join the group by Professor Sid Watkins. During the interval from 2000 – until 2005 I attended the meetings of that group and its successor the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability. During that period, I was privileged to know and work with Charlie. He was a kind, intuitive and respectful. He always seemed to be well informed, in command of the facts, which he processed with clarity and rapidity before voicing his opinion. In my interactions with him he was very insightful and seldom incorrect in his assessments.

The most memorable occasion that I can recall was his appearance at the Safety Truck that I was riding in at a CART race in Denver. That was in 2002. This was the event that ran on the temporary street circuit near the Pepsi Center. I glanced in the rear-view side mirror and saw him walk behind our truck. He was looking at the run off and the tire barriers placed there as he was walking up to the passenger side of our truck.

I was a bit taken aback that he was at a CART Race in the States and never did get a straight answer to my question of “what are you doing here?” We chatted for a while and something occurred on the track that drew my attention. When I looked back to where he had been standing, he had vanished.  With his shock of nearly snow-white hair and his habit of appearing where least expected without any to do, I took to calling him the “grey ghost”. He was everywhere appearing and disappearing like an apparition.

Charlie was one of a kind and will leave a post that I doubt will ever be filled by a single person. It saddens me personally that I’ll not seem him again. Motorsports has lost a true champion that was always on to his next task and subsequent victory in the field of driver safety and protection. Rest in Peace Charlie!

From Paul Trafford, M.D.
 
I first met Charlie Whiting in 1991 after I had been appointed to oversee the British Touring Car Championship and needed to discuss some safety issues, I felt were important. I was told to talk to Charlie and to my surprise he not only met with me and listened, he actually took an interest and was very helpful. Since then he has proved to be a good ally in all matters relating to medical issues, safety and research in all forms of motorsport and for that I will always be immensely grateful. 
 
Charlie as everyone knew him was respected by everyone but was also known by many of the doctors involved around the world, giving his time and making them feel at ease with his instantly recognisable disarming smile, sense of humour and relaxed approach. He was however one of the giants within the FIA and F1, a world where respect has to be earned and one of the most knowledgeable out there. He worked his way up over 50 years, from mechanic to Race Director. He started every F1 race for over 25 years, sitting in overall control and saw massive changes and safety issues introduced.
 
Charlie spent his life travelling and not just to F1 events, he represented the FIA around the world and gave a lecture at the ICMS annual meeting in 2015; we travelled together and of course as usual he was met as he disembarked and escorted through all those tedious airport formalities, while I joined the queue. He will be greatly missed by many, but motorsport will miss his experience, knowledge and calm approach.
On behalf of all the doctors and emergency workers in motorsport I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Charlie’s family at this difficult time. Rest in Peace Charlie!
 

From left to right Don Andrews, Charlie Whiting and Paul Trafford.

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