DAN Medical Research
Staff Biographies

The following researchers and staff collect dive data, report on information gathered and work with other experts in the dive safety and health fields. Their findings are integral to the DAN mission.


Petar J. Denoble, M.D., D.Sc., Senior Research Director

As senior research director, Dr. Petar Denoble helps develop new studies about dive safety, oversees ongoing studies and monitors their progress. He currently leads Project Dive Exploration, the DAN fatality, incident and injury database and the patent foramen ovale (PFO) study.

Denoble coordinates development of software tools for data collection, management and analysis within DAN Research. He coordinates standardization of data with dive computer manufacturers. He also works on integration and harmonization of research data management processes within International DAN.

For a list of publications authored by Dr. Denoble, click here.


Neal W. Pollock, Ph.D. - Research Associate in Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center

Neal Pollock is research director at DAN and a research associate in the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University Medical Center. Trained in exercise and environmental physiology, his research interests focus on human health and safety in extreme environments. He participates in study design, data analysis and publication of DAN-supported research. He presents relevant research data at scientific meetings, medical courses, symposia and public events. He also directs the DAN Research internship program and the DAN continuing medical education (CME) program for physicians.

Pollock is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and on the editorial board of the journal Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is on the editorial board and undersea and dive medicine section editor of the journal Wilderness and Emergency Medicine.

For a list of publications authored by Dr. Pollock, click here.


Jeanette Moore - Research Specialist

Jeanette Moore, research specialist, is responsible for providing information about DAN Research to the diving public. She is the custodian of records for the research department, coordinates the data collection for the fatality, incident and injury database and administers the research internship program. She is also responsible for recruiting and scheduling project participants for hyperbaric chamber studies, maintaining the project database, and organizing the study schedules and paperwork. She manages the dive computer inventory and dive computer shipping schedule as well as providing technical support to study volunteers.


Richard Vann, Ph.D., DAN Research Consultant

Richard Vann is assistant professor emeritus in anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center and safety officer and director of applied research at the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology. He coordinates DAN Research activities with the Duke hyperbaric center and actively promotes DAN Research through speaking engagements, presentations to the diving industry and numerous publications related to diving.