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International Space Medicine Summit 2011

The International Space Medicine Summit 2011 (ISMS 2011) will bring together leading physicians, space biomedical scientists, engineers, astronauts, cosmonauts, educators and space agency representatives from spacefaring nations for high-level discussions about research to prevent and/or mitigate the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges of long-duration space flight.

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflights, ISMS 2011 seeks to stimulate and assist multinational collaborations that maximize research on the International Space Station to ensure the well-being of astronauts and cosmonauts on low-Earth orbit missions, as well as future expeditions beyond the Earth"s gravitational force.

ISMS 2011 will build upon the success of the four previous summits by focusing on the identification of critical research priorities for the space station and by creating the operational agreements needed to establish successful, fully integrated, multinational research and exploration partnerships for the benefit of spacefarers and all of humanity.

Invitations to ISMS 2011 are being extended to individuals, nations and organizations with a vested interest in human spaceflight and related biomedical research.

ISMS 2011 is committed to facilitating increased communication and cooperation among nations. Sharing and applying the lessons learned from long-duration human space flight and analog environments, and implementing the resulting advances in technology and human knowledge, will protect future space travelers and enhance life on Earth.

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Speaker George Abbey


Thu, May. 19 - Sun, May. 22, 2011
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago