PAMA Notes - November 15, 2012

PAMA Symposium - Call for Abstracts
Abstracts are due December 10, 2012.

The 31st Annual PAMA Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists will be held July 20-23, 2013 in Snowmass Colorado at the Viceroy Resort & Hotel.

Abstracts may be submitted to PAMA for review by the Symposium Program Committee. PAMA has created a new abstract submission system to make submitting abstracts easier and more uniform. You must first review the guidelines (click to view guidelines), you will then click the button "Submit Your Abstract" at the bottom of the guidelines page to open the abstract submission form. Please complete the form completely and attach your abstract document before clicking the submit button. 
Ensure your submission follows the abstract guidelines. To view the guidelines click here.  All professionals and students are encouraged to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members. You will be notified of acceptance by January 31, 2013.
Abstracts are due December 10, 2012.
Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen or Julie Massaro
Apply for Symposium Awards
There are two annual awards available to students and young professionals.  Check the PAMA website to learn about these opportunities:
  • Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award
  • Martin Brandfonbrener Scholarship
PAMA members are encouraged to review the guidelines and share this information with eligible young people who seek to make PAM a part of their career.
2013 Symposium Keynotes Named
Book your calendars now for the next PAMA symposium July 20-23, 2013 – you will not want to miss this next year’s Symposium in Snowmass, CO.  The conference focus or theme will be “Maximizing Performance” and will feature two well renowned experts in the field of sports medicine and exercise with professional performance experience.
Dr. Kristin Wingfield is a primary care sports medicine specialist, board certified through the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and fellowship trained at Stanford University. She currently practices at Post Street Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in San Francisco and Corte Madera, California.
Dr. Wingfield is a team physician for the Peanut Butter Twenty Twelve Women’s Professional Cycling Team and Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. She also cares for the dancers of the San Francisco Ballet School and the acrobats of Cirque du Soleil on tour in San Francisco. She has traveled extensively as a team physician with the Canadian Alpine Ski team, Canadian Women’s Basketball team and served a team physician for the Canadian team to the 2003 World Aquatic Championships. At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, she worked in the medical clinic in Whistler, BC, providing care to all competing athletes.
An athlete and professional performer herself, Dr Wingfield competed internationally on the Canadian gymnastics team for 5 years, then at a national level in springboard diving. She worked as an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystere” full time for 2 years and then part time throughout medical school and residency training. She stopped performing when she began practicing sports medicine in 2004.
We are also proud to welcome Timothy Lightfoot, Ph.D., FACSM, Director, Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine & Human Performance, Dept. of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University.
Dr. Lightfoot received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Northeast Louisiana University and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He then completed a research consultantship with NASA at Kennedy Space Center in the Biomedical Laboratory and then a three year National Institute of Health postdoctoral research fellowship in the Division of Physiology at Johns Hopkins University. He was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University for 6 years, and a Professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte for 14 years, 11years of which he was Chair of the department. Dr. Lightfoot has published over 50 scientific, peer-reviewed articles on the genetics of daily physical activity and exercise endurance, as well as the physiological response to high-G exposure and hemorrhage and is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on the genetics of physical activity. His lab also has an unique interest in the physiological responses of motorsports athletes to the race environment. His research has been featured in numerous general media outlets including the Los Angeles Times,, National Public Radio, the Rush Limbaugh show, CNN, the NBC Today Show, MSNBC, Charlotte Talks radio show, Revista Epoca (a Brazilian weekly magazine), and on Australian National Radio.
Dr. Lightfoot is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified Exercise Specialist, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, a past President of the Southeast Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a past member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been named Teacher of the Year twice at two different universities, was awarded the Henry Montoye Research Scholar Award by the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine in 2010 and named 2010 Alumnus of the Year of the University of Louisiana Monroe in Kinesiology. Tim is also an accomplished bass guitarist.
PAMA is excited to have both speakers join us in Snowmass next July and hope you will be there too!
Join Us in Havana, Cuba
PAMA joins the University of Illinois at Chicago to present a unique experience for professionals in the arts, healthcare,education, or related fields who are interested in exploring the arts,health, and safety of artists in Cuba. 
Dates for Health and Safety in the Arts in Cuba are January 27 – February 3, 2013.  Program directors are David Hinkamp, MD, MPH, UIC, and Marc Brodsky, MD, PAMA.
For details and photos visit the Cuba Program page on the PAMA website.
Athletes and the Arts website - New Blog
Check out the new blog added to the Athletes and the Arts website at  Titled Monday Morning Musings and updated bi-weekly, the blog offers the best thinking out there regarding the connection between athletes and performers.  See what is new this week!
The international committee of PAMA is pleased to announce a new resource available to all PAMA members and the entire PAM community around the world.  The PAM Wiki is located at  and we invite you to log in (using your last name and the default password: 12345x) and change your password in the admin section. Have a look around while you're there and feel free to contribute or create any new pages you think might be necessary.  This WIKI is designed to be a resource for the PAM community and we hope it continues to grow organically going forward to serve that purpose – think Wikipedia for the PAM community.
Thank you to Patrice Berque for putting this together and to the international liaison committee for their work.
List of Committees
PAMA has many diverse and active committees for you all to get involved – please contact us if you would like to participate on any of these committees:
CHAIR development
CHAIR education 
Co-CHAIR education
CHAIR membership
Music Wellness
CHAIR music wellness
Regional Meetings
CHAIR regional meetings
co chair/member
Bonnie E.
International, Chair
Co-Chair International
Healthy Dancer Canada

Applications for our Healthy Dancer Canada Executive and Committees are now being accepted.  Please spread the word and we look forward to receiving your application by November 16, 2012.  

For more information see the attached Call for Applications or visit our website at under "Get Involved."
Upcoming Events 
Toronto Regional Meeting - "When the Artist's Body Says No: Stress and the Mind-Body Unity in Health and Disease"

February 16-17, 2013

For more information:
View the webpage 
Or contact:  Bonnie Robson
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