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Spaceflight for Everybody Virtual Symposium

Date: 8-10 November 2021

Location: US,

The purpose of the Spaceflight for Everybody Symposium is to communicate the current state of NASA spaceflight health knowledge. Speakers will highlight NASA’s operational medicine and biomedical research findings that are establishing how the human body adapts to the space environment during space missions. Additionally, other health and medical topics will be discussed including future goals for spaceflight participation for other nontraditional able-bodied people. Discussion will include how to expand commercial spaceflight activities and opportunities. The end goal of the symposium is a better awareness of how NASA protects the health of all astronauts and the agency’s plans to do so in the future.

Panelists seek to:

  • Educate and excite the public about future possibilities in human spaceflight
  • Demonstrate how precision health and other innovations expand spaceflight opportunities to a more diverse group of space explorers
  • Identify spaceflight health challenges and how we mitigate and counter them
  • Demonstrate how NASA’s partnerships with commercial space providers are enabling increased access to space
  • Highlight efforts to broaden exploration opportunities from the ground up – through
  • leadership, engineering, science, participants, etc.
The symposium will take place virtually, and NASA will provide a live stream including an ASL translator. Scientists, researchers, healthcare workers, especially those interested in space medicine, and other interested parties who would like to be able to contribute to the virtual chat can register to join the WebEx connection for each day.

AGENDA (all times EST)

Day 1:  November 8, 2021 (Register)
10:05 a.m.   Plenary 1 - Human Spaceflight
10:35 a.m.   Plenary 2 - Spaceflight Medical Risks
11:05 a.m.   Plenary 3 - Where We Started: Review of Initial Sex and Gender Study
11:35 a.m.   Plenary 4 - Firsts In Flight
12:00 p.m.   Lunch Break
1:00 p.m.     How Far We Have Come - New Risks, New Findings and New Priorities Since 2014 Papers
2:00 p.m.     Panel Discussion: Health of Women and Men - How it Applies to Spaceflight
                    Moderator:  Mike Barratt
                       •  Health Hazards In Space - Are Women and Men Different?
                       •  Managing the Health of Astronauts
                       •  Behavioral Health
                       •   Differences Of Space Radiation In Men and Women
3:00 p.m.     Adjourn
Day 2:  November 9, 2021 (Register)

10:05 a.m.   Plenary 5 - Firsts In Flight – Part Two
10:35 a.m.   Panel Discussion: Changing Role of Women in Space Exploration; Programmatic, Policy, Engineering, Science            
                    Moderator:  Julie Robinson
                       •  Leading Across Directorates
                       •  Leading a NASA Center
                       •  Women As Leaders In Space Medicine – University of Texas Medical Branch Aerospace Residency Training
                       •  Preparing the Mars Architecture
11:35 a.m.   Panel Discussion: Human Factors and Human Systems Integration Evolution
                    Moderator:  Robert Howard
                       •  Mission Planning/Habitats
                       •  Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Suit Evolution
                       •  The Rosetta Stone for Space Exploration
                       •  Team Development and Training
                       •  Human Systems Integration
12:35 p.m.   Lunch Break
1:30 p.m.     Panel Discussion: Human Health Risks in the Development of Future Programs
                    Moderator: Mary Van Baalen
                       •  Space Medicine for Missions Beyond Low-Earth Orbit
                       •  Establishing Medical Standards for Exploration
                       •  Risk Integration and Investment Planning
                       •  Risk Research for Moon to Mars
                       •  The Role of the Human Systems Risk Board in Risk Mitigation and Mission Planning/Readiness
2:30 p.m.     Adjourn
Day 3:  November 10, 2021 (Register)

10:05 a.m.   Plenary 6 - Firsts in Flight Future – Part Three
10:35 a.m.   Panel Discussion: Opening Spaceflight for EveryBody
                    Moderator:  Maneesh Arya
                       •  Diversity and Inclusion In and Beyond Low-Earth Orbit
                       •  Diversity and Inclusion and Human Research Program
                       •  Handicaps As a Challenge, Not a Barrier to Spaceflight
                       •  Aging In and From Space
11:35 a.m.   Plenary 7 - Precision Medicine: Opening Exploration Opportunities
1200 p.m.    Lunch Break
1:00 p.m.     Panel Discussion: Increasing the knowledge base through EveryBody Going to Space
                    Moderator:  Dorit Donviel
                       •  Benefits of Partnering with Commercial Providers on Human Health Research to NASA, the Commercial Spaceflight Sector, and to the Scientific Community
                       •  TRISH EXPAND Program for Commercial Participants Research, IRB and Database and Data Sharing Agreements
                       •  SpaceX Inspiration 4 Flight Research Complement & Lessons Learned from the Perspective of a Senior Biomedical Engineer
                       •  Future Work to Be Done
2:00 p.m.     Plenary 8 - Health Innovations
2:30 p.m.     Plenary 9
3:00 p.m.     Closing Comments

10:00 a.m.   Welcome and Charge for Day 1

10:00 a.m.   Charge for Day 2:  Leadership to Space Suits

10:00 a.m.   Charge for Day 3: Broadening the Participant Base

Many thanks to the symposium steering committee for their hard work and dedication to make this happen: Bette Siegel, John Allen, David Baumann, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Shannan Moynihan, Terri Bradshaw, Rebekah Reed, Steve Platts, Lisa Simonsen, Steve Davison, Victor Schneider, Mary Van Baalen, Jessica Keune, Dorit Donoviel, Jennifer Fogarty, and Lisa Carnell

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