After the International Space Station human space exploration will take us back to the Moon and onward to Mars. These expedition class missions will see astronaut crews deploy for months and years in the most remote locations ever occupied by a human crew. The people who take part in these missions will be uniquely vulnerable and protecting them presents a host of problems for the clinicians and scientists engaged in their medical care. From the medical selection of crew and maintaining their health to the problem of how to provide care if things go wrong. But what sort of doctor will be needed for this mission? Or do we need a doctor at all?
This one day seminar will provide an update on the medical challenges of extending our exploration of space and the role that physicians and scientists might play in keeping crews healthy on the way there. We'll also be hearing about the newly launched specialty of aerospace medicine and the training opportunities that will provide for UK trainees.
Speakers to be confirmed over the coming weeks, but will feature top medics and researchers from NASA, ESA and the UK.
CASE (Centre for Altitude, Space & Extreme Environment Medicine) is one of the premier extreme physiology research groups. Based at UCL the team conduct research within five themes:
Aviation, Altitude, Dive, Temperature and Space
NB Information will be updated in the coming weeks.