DURHAM, NC — Divers Alert Network® (DAN®) is pleased to announce the selection of Daniel Popa, M.D., Ph.D., as the 2018 recipient of the DAN/R.W. "Bill" Hamilton Memorial Dive Medicine Research Grant.
DAN established the award in honor of Bill Hamilton, Ph.D., a physiologist who conducted important research in decompression science, breathing gases and the effects of pressure. Each year the organization presents the $10,000 grant to a researcher studying decompression stress, models or procedures; mechanisms of decompression illness; dive computer effectiveness; or a similar subject.
An experienced researcher and physician with training in emergency medicine, hyperbaric medicine and biomedical sciences, Popa is an emergency medicine physician at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and an adjunct professor of clinical epidemiology and research methods at the Universidad Marista de Merida. He has a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Diego and has previously conducted research in reducing the incidence and severity of decompression sickness in fishermen in the Yucatan, investigating signals in ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia, treating acute mountain sickness with variable positive airway pressure and developing robotic training mechanisms to aid in spinal cord injury recovery.
For more information about the grant or to apply, contact GBroyles@DAN.org. Applicants can be involved in any area of dive medical research, but the spirit of the program is to support initiatives closely related to Hamilton's work.
About DAN: The world's most recognized and respected dive safety organization, Divers Alert Network (DAN) has remained committed to the health and well-being of divers for 38 years. The organization's research, medical services and global-response programs support an extensive network capable of reaching divers with vital injury-prevention initiatives, educational programs and lifesaving evacuations. Every day, hundreds of thousands of divers around the world look to DAN as their dive safety organization.