Scientific Symposium Honoring Dr. Bennett Coming May 1

10/1/2009 11:00:39 AM
Divers Alert Network, the Duke University Department of Anesthesiology and the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology of Duke University Medical Center invite the public to attend a scientific symposium honoring Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D., D.Sc. It will be held Saturday, May 1 at the Searle Continuing Education Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and is jointly sponsored by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).


Over the past 50 years, Dr. Peter B. Bennett, physiologist and scientist, has trained and inspired researchers who delve into the mysterious waters of the deep. He has also made significant contributions to the recreational diving industry including the founding of the Divers Alert Network (DAN) in 1980. For 23 years he provided the vision and guidance to develop and direct the world's largest diving medical, health and safety organization.

Dr. Bennett has also been singularly responsible for conducting and initiating international research in areas that have directly and indirectly benefited both the recreational, commercial and military diving fields over the past half century. This includes such areas as nitrogen narcosis, oxygen toxicity, submarine escape, deep diving (high-pressure nervous syndrome - HPNS), decompression illness, ascent rates and flying after diving.

This symposium, held to honor his career, provides a forum where all the arenas in which he participated will be addressed with historical perspectives, current theories and future possibilities.


  • Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D., D.Sc. - Executive Director, International Divers Alert Network; Founder and Past President CEO, Divers Alert Network America; Senior Director, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology; Professor, Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center
  • John Bevan, Ph.D., FSUT - Managing Director of Submex Ltd, London, United Kingdom
  • Enrico Camporesi, M.D. - Professor and Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology; Professor of Physiology; Director, Hyperbaric Center, University Hospital, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Frans J. Cronj√©, M.B., Ch.B., B.Sc. - Executive and Medical Director, Divers Alert Network Southern Africa; Medical Director Eugene Marais Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre; Honorary Lecturer & External Examiner in Aerospace Medicine, Honorary Appointment: Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pretoria, Department of Aerospace Medicine, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Carl Edmonds, M.B., MRCP - Manly, Australia
  • Claes Lundgren, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor of Physiology and Biophysics; Director, Center for Research and Education in Special Environments, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Simon J. Mitchell, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D. - Consultant, Diving and Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia; Surgeon Lieutenant Commander, RNZN; Honorary Anesthetic Research Officer, Auckland and Green Lane Hospitals, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Richard Moon, M.D. - Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, General Vascular & Transplant Division, Duke University Medical Center; Vice President and Medical Director, Divers Alert Network, Durham, N.C.
  • Claude A. Piantadosi, M.D. - Professor, Medicine/Pulmonary; Director, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
  • Drew Richardson, Ed.D. - President and Chief Operating Officer, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Worldwide, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
  • Jean-Claude Rostain, Ph.D., D.Sc. - Physiopathologie et Action Therpeutique des Gax Sous Pression UPRES - EA 3280; Faculte de Medicine Nord, University of Aix Marseille II and IMNSSA, Marseille, France
  • Edward D. Thalmann, M.D. - Assistant Clinical Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center; Assistant Medical Director, Divers Alert Network, Durham, N.C.
  • Richard D. Vann, Ph.D. - Assistant Research Professor, Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center; Vice President, Research, Divers Alert Network, Durham, N.C.

Schedule of Events - Saturday, May 1, 2004

  • Scientific Symposium, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Searle Center
  • All day coffee service, luncheon
  • Cocktails and Dinner, 6:30-10 p.m., University Club


Time Topic / Event Lecturer
7:50 a.m. Welcome and Introduction Professor Richard Moon
8 a.m. History of Deep Commercial Diving John Bevan
8:35 a.m. Nitrogen Narcosis, HPNS and Trimix Jean-Claude Rostain
9:10 a.m. Questions
9:25 a.m. Informal Discussion with Coffee
9:40 a.m. Atlantis and Other Experimental Deep Dives Professor Enrico Camporesi
10:20 a.m. Respiration and Deep Diving Professor Richard Moon
10:50 a.m. Questions
11:05 a.m. Special Thermal Problems in Deep Diving Professor Claude Piantadosi
11:40 a.m. Saturation Decompression: Military and Civilian Experience Ed Thalmann
12:15 p.m. Questions
12:30 p.m. Luncheon in the Searle Center
1:30 p.m. History of Recreational Diving Frans Cronjé
2:05 p.m. The Role and Future of Technical Diving Drew Richardson
2:40 p.m. Questions
2:55 p.m. Informal Discussion with Coffee
3:10 p.m. Technical Diving and Nitrox Simon Mitchell
3:45 p.m. Breathhold Diving Claes Lundgren
4:20 p.m. Questions
4:35 p.m. DAN: 20 Years of Research, Training and Medical Advice Richard Vann
5:15 p.m. Response Professor Peter Bennett
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
6:30 p.m. Cocktails at the University Club
7:30 p.m. Dinner
8:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker - The Anglo Conquest of America 1973-2003 Carl Edmonds
9:25 p.m. Remarks Peter Bennett
9:40 p.m. Adjourn


  • Symposium Fee: $75 / person
  • Reception and Dinner: $70 / person

Fee includes: Symposium materials, CME credit, continental breakfast, two breaks and lunch.

To register now, download the form at the bottom of this page.

Course Location

The course will be held at the newly renovated Searle Center for Continuing Education (ground floor of the Duke Medical Center Library). Transportation from the host hotel, the Millennium Hotel, will be provided daily to and from the course location.

Reception and Dinner Location

The University Club, located just off of NC 15-501, is a landmark on the Durham skyline. The Club is conveniently located two miles from Interstate 40 and a short distance from Research Triangle Park, Chapel Hill and Duke University. The address is 3100 Tower Boulevard, Suite 1700, Durham, NC 27707; phone number is +1-919-493-8099.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Ave., Durham, NC 27705, +1-919-383-8575 or 1-866-866-8086, Identify yourself as attending the "Bennett Symposium" to receive the special rate of $79 single or double plus tax. You must make reservations before March 31 to be guaranteed space in this block. After that date rooms outside our block will be at space available only.

For further information, contact the DAN CME Office by fax at +1-919-493-3456; by telephone at 1-800-446-2671 or +1-919-684-2948 ext. 609 or 610; or by email at or

The DAN Endowment

Upon Dr. Bennett's retirement as the President and CEO of Divers Alert Network in 2003, the Peter B. Bennett Endowed Research Fund was established under The DAN Endowment.

The purpose of this endowed fund is twofold; first, to honor and recognize his leadership and vision of DAN America for 23 years; and second, to financially support an area of the DAN Mission that is of major interest to Dr. Bennett, research in dive safety and health.

Please consider providing a gift to Divers Alert Network directed to The Peter B. Bennett Endowed Research Fund, a fund under The DAN Endowment in honor of the founder of DAN.

For more information about the Bennett Fund, click here. Go to Ways to Give here for information about the various methods of making a contribution to DAN, The DAN Endowment, and The Peter B. Bennett Endowed Research Fund.

You may also call DAN Development at 1-800-446-2671 ext 444 or send a message.