Centre for Space Medicine
Welcome to the University College London (UCL) MSSL Centre for Space Medicine (CSM) web-site. The Centre brings together MSSL's technological and analytical capabilities, and general Space awareness with UCL's strengths in biomedicine.
Vision and Scope
The CSM focuses on both the facilitation of human space exploration and the improvement of quality of life on Earth through open innovation and cross-disciplinary application of techniques and technology. The Centre is inherently interdisciplinary in nature involving BioMedical, Cognitive, Robotics/Engineering, Information Technology and Space Sciences domains.
- Use Space as a laboratory to study, to expand our understanding of the human condition and to develop techniques and technologies to facilitate exploration missions and healthcare on Earth
- Develop sustainable cross-disciplinary education programmes in space life, medical and engineering sciences, with additional focus on applied technology through topics of human factors and human computer/robot interaction in healthcare, exploration and operation in extreme and isolated environments.
- Investigate and instigate biomedical open innovation projects through cross-disciplinary efforts between space, medical and engineering science research teams.
- Spin-out space techniques and technologies developed within UCL into the health sector and public sector to improve the quality of everyday life.
- Create on-going collaborative initiatives, of a public and school outreach.
- Establish new and strengthen existing industrial and academic partnerships with US, Europe, Russia and within the UK.
CSM signs MoUs with NSBRI and Baylor College of Medicine Centre for Space Medicine, Houston, US, 20 May 2013
The Centre for Space Medicine signs two key Memorandums of Understanding with leading Human Space Flight organisations in the United States, the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Center for Space Medicine (CSM), US and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI - NASA's Research facility) at the International Space Medical Summit 2013.
Dr Iya Whiteley at Cambridge University Science and Policy (CUSPE): Space Exploration, Public Debate with Thomas Reiter, Sir Martin Rees, Cambridge, 7 February 2012
CSM participated in the Public Debate, "Space Exploration in a time of crisis: is manned space travel worth the cost?" with Astronaut Thomas Reiter (Head of European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations) and Sir Martin Rees.
1st UK-US Open Innovation Workshop in Space Medicine Technology, organised by UCL's Centre for Space Medicine, 29-30 November 2012.
The goal was for the participants to emerge from this workshop with solid new collaborative opportunities within highly experience international teams, determining the first concrete steps forward with new partners to develop solutions, identifying potential funding sources and with the first draft of a joint proposal for funding. The program include keynote speakers from NASA, the US National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), NASA Human Health Performance Centre (NHHPC), UK International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC), Centre for Space Medicine (CSM), and the UK Space Agency (UKSA). The workshop was funded by UKSA, ISIC and FCO.
Dr Iya Whiteley on BBC Two Dara O'Briain Science Club: Space Travel (Ep 4) Tue 27 November 2012 at 21:00 (preliminary schedule)
A new BBC TWO science programme called 'Dara O Brain's Science Club' each week takes a single subject and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles. In this episode they are looking at space travel. Iya is chatting with Dara about what humans experience in space, how it might impact our psychological health and the sorts of things we need to consider if we ever need to escape planet Earth. The programme will air on 27 November 2012 at 21:00 or view later on BBC iPlayer.
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre team at CSM to establish collaboration
The Russian Delegation from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), Star City, Russia, spend a week, 29 October - 2 November 2012, at the CSM, MSSL, UCL discussing potential collaboration areas. The delegation worked with all CSM Partner and Collaborators on identifying future mutually beneficial area of collaboration. CSM collaborator, ISTC, provides funding and support for our on-going collaboration with GCTC.
Institute of Biomedical Problems team at CSM for a working visit
The delegation from the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP), Moscow, Russia have come to CSM, MSSL, UCL for a working visit, 8-12 October 2012, to continue collaboration in the areas of semantic, psycho-linguistics and voice analysis. CSM, UCL and IBMP team are developing techniques and technology to assess cosmonaut and astronaut well-being in Space.
For further information, visit the IBMP website
CSM meeting Russian partners in Moscow, July 2012
CSM and MSSL had productive meetings in Moscow in July 2012 with Russian partners, IBMP, GEOSCAN, Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) and Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC).
May 2012 - CSM on a working visit to NSBRI. CSM is participating and engaging with international collaborators at the International Space Medicine Summit (ISMS) 2012. Dr Kevin Fong gives a keynote speech on Education.
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