2015 - 2nd Annual Congress

June 23 and 24, 2015 (Tuesday and Wednesday preceding the Western States Endurance Run)

Squaw Valley, USA

The 2015 conference included the presentations listed below.  Presentation material has been made available by most speakers – just click on the presentation title to access.  Please acknowledge the source if any of the material is used to support other presentations.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
7:00 — 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast (provided)
8:00 — 8:15 AM Welcome — Hoffman
8:15 — 8:45 AM New Knowledge from WSER Research: GI Symptoms during Ultramarathon Running – Stuempfle
8:45 — 9:30 AM New Knowledge from WSER Research: Psychological Predictors of Performance in an Ultramarathon – Christensen
9:30 — 9:45 AM Break
9:45 — 10:30 AM New Knowledge from WSER Research: Fact and Fiction about Sodium and Hydration – Hoffman
10:30 — 11:00 AM New Knowledge from WSER Research: Is Dehydration and Kidney Injury a Real Concern? – Weiss
11:00 — 11:45 AM What is Really Known about Post-Exercise Recovery Methods? – Badowski
11:45 AM — 1:15 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:15 — 3:15 PM Free Communications – Stuempfle (Session Chair)
3:15 — 3:30 PM Break
3:30 — 4:15 PM Blister Management – Vonhof
4:15 — 4:45 PM Break
4:45 — 5:45 PM Small Group Sessions (attendees must register in advance to attend; attendance will be limited)
- Blister Management Workshop 1 (limited to 10) – Vonhof
- The Medical Kit Workshop 1 – Pasternak, Joslin, Nudell
- Establishing Research at Your Event – Hoffman
7:30 — 9:30 PM Welcome Reception (hors d’oeuvres and cash bar)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
7:00 — 8:00 AM Breakfast (provided)
8:00 — 8:45 AM Screening for Participation in Ultra-Endurance Events – Joslin
8:45 — 9:25 AM Medical Needs at Ultramarathons – Pasternak
9:25 — 9:45 AM Ultramarathoner’s Eye – Hoeg
9:45 — 10:00 AM Break
10:00 — 10:45 AM Acute Respiratory Issues in Ultramarathon Runners – Kurland
10:45 — 11:30 AM Management of the Seriously Injured or Ill Ultramarathon Runner – Joslin
11:30 AM — 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 1:45 PM Free Communications – Stuempfle (Session Chair) abstracts
1:45 — 3:30 PM Case Studies and Lessons Learned — Weiss (Facilitator); Speakers (Hoeg, Nudell, Onate. Krar, Kimball)
3:30 — 4:00 PM Break
4:00 — 5:00 PM Small Group Sessions (attendees must register in advance to attend; attendance will be limited)
- Blister Management Workshop 1 (limited to 10) – Vonhof
- The Medical Kit Workshop 1 – Pasternak, Joslin, Nudell
- Medical-Legal Issues in Ultramarathons – Savage
6:00 — 7:00 PM Dinner (provided)
7:00 — 9:00 PM Organizing Your Medical Services
- Welcome and introduction to session – Hoffman
- Race Director’s Perspective – Thornley
- WSER Medical Director’s Perspective – Weiss
- Ultra Medical Team Executive Director’s and CMO’s Perspective – Nudell, Hoffman
- Discussion and Q&A – Hoffman (Facilitator), Joslin, Nudell, Pasternak, Weiss, Thornley
9:00 — 9:15 PM Closing Remarks – Hoffman



Marty Hoffman, MD (Conference Program Director)
Professor of PM&R, University of California Davis
Director of Research, Western States Endurance Run
Chief Medical Officer, Ultra Medical Team

Natalie Badowski Wu, MD
Emergency Medicine Resident, Stanford University

Dolores A. Christensen, MA
PsyD Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology and Athletic Counseling concentration, Springfield College

Tracy Beth Høeg, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident, University of California-Irvine

Jeremy Joslin, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Upstate Medical University
Medical Director: Jungle Marathon, Grand to Grand, Global Limits, Desert RATS, Syracuse Ironman, Empire State Marathon

Geoffrey Kurland, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh

Nick Nudell, MS, NRP
Executive Director, Ultra Medical Team
Board of Directors, Paramedic Foundation, Inc
Partner, PrioriHealth Partners, LLP

Andy Pasternak, MD, MS
Silver Sage Sports and Fitness Lab/ Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Medical Director, Tahoe Rim Endurance Races

Charles Savage, JD
Trustee and Secretary, Western States Endurance Run Foundation

Kristin J. Stuempfle, PhD
Associate Provost for Academic Assessment, Dean of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Professor in the Health Sciences Department, Gettysburg College

Craig Thornley, MS
Race Director, Western States Endurance Run

John Vonhof, EMT-P
Author, Fixing Your Feet, Prevention and Treatments for Athletes, 5th edition

Bob Weiss, MD
Professor, Nephrology, University of California Davis
Medical Director, Western States Endurance Run