The North East Post Graduate conference 2013 has announced the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) as the official charity of the event.
The conference showcases the best and finest research from postgraduate students across the medical, health and bioscience disciplines.
GNAAS is a leading healthcare provider, carrying advanced medical equipment on board, normally only found in accident and emergency departments.
In addition to the life-saving missions undertaken year-round by the crew, GNAAS was also the first in the UK to run pre-hospital anaesthesia training courses. Since 2007, GNAAS has been training both doctors and paramedics, and puts great emphasis on the team approach to managing critically ill or injured patients.
The conference itself is entirely funded by external donations but the NEFG hope to donate any surplus funds to GNAAS.
A spokesperson from the NEPG said: “This year, the NEPG committee unanimously voted to support this worthy cause as it provides an outstanding and invaluable local service.”
The event is free to attend and when registering online there is a just-giving link, where the conference asks members to “donate generously for such a great cause”. If every delegate were to donate £3 they would raise over £1000 for the charity.
The NEPG conference is a one day event with short presentations and posters from delegates, allowing postgraduate students to showcase their latest research.
A representative from GNAAS will be in attendance at the conference to provide further information regarding the excellent work carried out by the service, and why donations to the charity are so important. Additionally there will be small fundraising activities throughout the day.
The 8th annual NEPG conference will be held at the Great North Museum: The Hancock, in Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 28th October.