Extreme Medicine

Challenge your traditional thinking and defy conventional boundaries

From the depths of space to faraway places, more than ever there is a need to be delivering healthcare in highly complex and demanding situations.

So, we delightedly present to you our panel: Extreme Medicine!

This board will challenge your traditional thinking and defy conventional boundaries.

By bringing skilled experts to share their experiences and knowledge, we want to show you how to improvise with what's around you in order to deliver medical care where it's most needed!


Meet our Extreme Medicine speakers
Mark Hannaford
Founding Director of World Extreme Medicine and Across the Divide Expeditions
Mads Gilbert
Medical Director for Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital North Norway
Ian Quigley
General Practitioner at Romford

Professor Mark Hannaford, the founder of World Extreme Medicine and Across the Divide Expeditions, is one of the speakers for our panel Extreme Medicine.

He graduated in Geography in the Middlesex University in the United Kingdom and is now an Honorary Associate Professor at Exeter University Medical School and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

As if that’s not enough, Professor Hannaford is also the founder of MSc in Extreme Medicine at Exeter University Medical School and the world-famous WEM Conference which aims to inspire medical practitioners to enhance their abilities in challenging environments and remote areas. It also encourages multidisciplinary work, new thinking perspectives and new approaches.

Professor Hannaford was the pioneer of breaking down the barriers between Expedition, Humanitarian & Disaster, Tactical and Extreme Medicine to create a new field of Extreme Medicine which seeks to share best practice across these fields, share opportunities and generate new research.

At last, but not least, and to inspire you even more, he was a special forces soldier and led expeditions and trips to all five continents with some of his photographs published in National Geographic, Sunday Times, Rough Guides and Telegraph. It also helped to raise over €120M for charity!

Stay with us and Professor Hannaford who will now lead our trip to the world of Extreme Medicine!

Professor Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian medical doctor and board-certified Anaesthesiologist. He graduated from the University of Oslo and became an authorized Norwegian medical doctor in 1975.

From 1995, he has been an acting Professor II in the Institute of Clinical Medicine in the Arctic University of Norway. He is also a Field teacher and trainer in prehospital emergency medicine in Trauma Care Foundation and Tromsø Mine Victim Resource Centre (Teaching and training in Palestine, Burma, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Angola, Iran, Tamil Ilam).

Currently, he is the Medical Director of the Clinic of Emergency Medical Services in UNN, Tromsø, Norway.

Regarding the humanitarian field, he was also a consultant in UN/UNRWA regarding Gaza/West Bank Emergency Medicine Planning Group. He was de Co-founder and board member of the Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC) from 1982-1987. He also took part of Norwegian Palestine Committee from 1981- 2010 and participated in numerous medical solidarity missions to occupied Palestine and Lebanon (Beirut, Al Buz, Gaza and West Bank). Additionally, he engaged multiple missions to occupied Palestinian Territories, the latest to Gaza from Dec 2008 to January 2009.

Furthermore, he won several awards and wrote the distinguished books “Night in Gaza” and “Eyes in Gaza” as well as many other book chapters and monographs authored and co-authored.

Professor Mads will enlighten you with, not only one but two inspiring lectures!

His notable career and contributions to the emergency medicine and humanitarian fields are extremely noteworthy.

During the Extreme Medicine panel he will approach his special interest in hypothermia and his remarkable experience and training in prehospital emergency medical care in remote areas in sub-Arctic Norway.

During the Special Keynote – Disaster Medicine in one hour, he will speak about the medical conditions in Gaza and will bring us an insight vision of the conflict zone and the challenges he had to face.

Do you feel the chills (and we’re not even in sub-Arctic Norway!), already? Just wait for Professor Gilbert’s lectures, they won’t leave anyone indifferent!

Dr. Ian Quigley is an English General Practitioner. He graduated in Medicine from London Hospital Medical College and completed his residency in General Practice in 1994.

Currently, he owns and works at Western Road Medical Centre, a General Practice based at Romford.

Dr. Ian has worked with the Himalayan Rescue Association in the prevention and treatment of altitude-related health problems in Himalayan trekkers.

While his stay in Nepal, he also cooperated with Phase Nepal to help take care of the local peoples, once they usually don’t have a medical team present in those remote places; during that time, he also helped to mentor Nepalese rural health care workers. Dr. Ian has also been a part of the World Extreme Medicine‘s Mountain Medicine and Wild Medicine courses in Nepal and Namibia. In his free time, he also enjoys running, skiing and hiking.

In 2015 he published the book entitled Mountain Medicine: in Nepal with the Himalayan Rescue Association.

Join us and Dr. Ian Quigley, he will definitely bring a lot of enlightenment to our Extreme Medicine panel!