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International Space Medicine Summit 2013

On May 16-19, 2013, Rice University"s Baker Institute and Baylor College of Medicine will host the seventh annual International Space Medicine Summit (ISMS) on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas. ISMS 2013 is designed to bring together the world"s leading physicians, space biomedical scientists, engineers, astronauts, cosmonauts and educators from the spacefaring nations for high-level discussions to identify not only necessary space medicine research goals, but also ways to change nationalistic policies that prevent coordination and collaboration.

Since Yuri Gagarin"s first orbital flight in April 1961, more than 525 people from 37 countries have flown in space. However, only four Russian cosmonauts -- Valeri Polyakov, Sergei Avdeyev, Musa Manarov and Vladimir Titov -- have spent a year or more in space consecutively. Therefore, there is little data on long-duration spaceflight. As man dreams of returning to the Moon, or even landing on Mars, there must be much more research to prevent and/or mitigate the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges spacefarers face. The International Space Station (ISS) provides a viable laboratory in which to conduct the required research. It is essential that the station be utilized to its fullest potential through cooperative studies and the sharing of equipment and instruments between the international partners.

This conference is committed to fostering increased communication, collaboration and cooperation. By sharing and applying the lessons learned from long-duration human spaceflight and analog research environments, we can apply the resultant advances in technology and human knowledge not only to protect future space travelers, but also to enhance life on Earth.

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Speaker George Abbey

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Thu, May. 16 - Sun, May. 19, 2013
6 p.m. - noon
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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