On June 4-7, 2015, the Space Policy Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Baylor College of Medicine hosted the ninth annual International Space Medicine Summit (ISMS) on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Video of the conference, including a live interview with astronauts on the International Space Station, will be posted on this page soon. In the meantime, view photographs from the conference below.
In the ISMS 2015 brought 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 further enhance international cooperation and collaborative research. All International Space Station (ISS) partners were represented at the summit.
International cooperation is essential to the human exploration of space. ISMS 2015 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, the beginning of a relationship that now has become the foundation of the ISS. Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) has also played a major role in the assembly and maintenance of the ISS. ISMS 2015 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the world's first EVA, performed by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov in March 1965.
As we plan to return to the moon, and eventually land on Mars, international cooperation continues to play an essential role. There must be much more research to prevent and/or mitigate the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges spacefarers face. The ISS provides an excellent 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. The sharing and application of the lessons learned from long-duration human spaceflight and analog research environments will not only lead to advances in technology and human knowledge to protect future space travelers but will also enhance life on Earth.
To view the entire conference, please click below: