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IOC Postgraduate Research Grant Programme 2001

The Museum and Olympic Studies Centre of the International Olympic Committee have launched their Postgraduate Research Grant Programme for 2001.These grants are intended to enable researchers in human and social sciences, who are interested in the Olympic games and Olympic sport, to study the historical archives of the IOC. These grants are open to postgraduate students and university staff who have completed their masters or doctorate in the last five years. The closing date for applications is 1 December, 2000. Further details are available from the Postgraduate Research Grant programme, Museum and Olympic Studies Centre, PO Box 1001, Lausanne, Switzerland. Email: studies_centre.museum{at}olympic.org

British Association of Immediate Care education programme

The British Association of Immediate Care have a very active education programme offering a range of courses for those involved in the provision of immediate medical care including doctors, nurses, paramedics, occupational health professionals, the emergency services and those involved in health care at sporting and other events. The Pre-hospital Emergency Care Certificate is perhaps the course most suitable for those providing medical cover at sporting events. A full brochure and booking form is available from BASICS Education Ltd, 7 Black Horse Lane, Ipswich IP1 2EF, UK.

BASEM 2000 Congress

The BASEM 2000 Congress takes place from 3–5 November, 2000 at the Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel in Tewkesbury, UK. There has been considerable national and international interest in the meeting this year. The keynote lectures by Professor Norbert Bachl (Austria) and Dr Bob Cantu (USA) have attracted a lot of interest but in view of recent events at the Sydney Olympics, the session hosted by the British Olympic Association and the Diplomates has also attracted a very large audience. Booking and enquiries should be made to Mrs Sue Roberts, BASEM Company Office, 12 Greenside Avenue, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7SA, UK.

Dilemmas in sport: a journey through ethics, the law and medicine

The Institute of Sports Medicine together with the Sports Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine have organised a meeting entitled “Dilemmas in sport: a journey through ethics, the law and medicine”. This all day meeting will take place on 8 November 2000 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. A wide range of speakers from the world of sport, politics, and the law will address many of the controversial aspects of sports medicine including the ethics of boxing and drugs in sport. John Lloyd Parry, a BASEM stalwart, is the current President of the section of Sports Medicine at the RSM.

Drugs in sport

The issue of drugs in sport continues to become increasingly complex. Advising athletes about prohibited and permitted medications is difficult. New initiatives by the British National Formulary and MIMs should help doctors to avoid any possible prescribing pitfalls. UKSPORT have produced a Competitors' and Officials' guide which has been made available to teams and officials at major events. There is also an information line at UK Sport, which is supported by a range of fact sheets.

Centre for Sport and Exercise Science

Sheffield Hallam University have renamed their Sports Science Research Institute. It will now be known as the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES). It will have three subdivisions: the Centre for Sport Performance, the Centre for Corporate Wellness, and the Centre for Exercise and Health. It is fascinating to see this evolution of sports science and the greater inclusion of aspects of exercise and health.

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