Divers Alert Network has announced its newest research grant, the Alfred Bove DAN Research Grant for Cardiac Health in Scuba Diving. The grant was established in memory of Dr Alfred Bove, a cardiologist and dive medicine specialist who contributed significantly to the field of dive medicine. In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Dr Bove was most passionate about studying cardiorespiratory fitness and fitness to dive.
Among divers, cardiac health remains an important risk factor. Through this grant, DAN is elevating its support for research that has the potential to increase dive safety and prevent dive injuries and fatalities that result from cardiac events. Specifically, the aim of this grant is to fund research on the possible adverse effects of scuba diving in divers with pre-existing heart conditions, methods of screening for increased risk of fatalities due to cardiac causes, and possible preventive interventions.
Up to US$250,000 in grant funding is available over the next five years. Both single-year and multi-year projects are eligible, and funds may be used to sponsor one or several projects up to a total of US$50,000 per year.
Applications with proposals are due 1 May 2020. Successful applicants will be notified once the selection process is complete, and DAN will formally announce the award at the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Scientific Meeting in June 2020. Information about eligibility how to apply can be found here.
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