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Canadian Medical Residents Train at NASA

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2003

image Four Canadian medical residents will attend a four week Aerospace Medicine Elective at NASA in the Fall of 2003 and the Spring of 2004. This special internship is made possible through an agreement between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Two of the residents will take part in the Johnson Space Center Aerospace Medicine Clerkship Program, Dr. Chad Ball from Calgary in October 2003 and Dr. Sulaiman Nanji from Edmonton in April 2004. In addition to a research project on current issues in space medicine, this clerkship involves formal lectures on space medicine topics, exposure to manned testing operations, and familiarization with the medical aspects of space shuttle operations and international space station design and function.

The other residents, Dr. Christopher Denny from Toronto and Dr. Inderpal Saluja from Hamilton, will take part in the Kennedy Space Center Medical Education Program in October 2003 and April 2004 respectively. This curriculum allows participants to see first hand applications of many aerospace principles. Students are expected to present abstracts from aerospace medical literature during weekly "journal clubs" in addition to researching a current focus area of space medicine.

The Canadian Space Agency Aerospace Medicine Elective program began in 2000, and since then eleven medical students or residents have taken advantage of this unique opportunity to acquire additional medical knowledge. A CSA committee of Operational Space Medicine professional staff selects participants based upon academic standing, interest and career goals in Aerospace Medicine related studies, research and work experience. More information on this program can be obtained through the CSA Web site at the address www.space.gc.ca/medicine

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Space Technology; Space Qualification Services; Space Awareness and Education. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

For more information, or to obtain a photo, please contact:

Monique Billette
Senior Media Relations Officer
(450) 926-4370
monique.billette@space.gc.ca

Dr. Chad Ball

Selected to attend the NASA Johnson Space Center Aerospace Medicine Clerkship (October 2003).

Dr Chad Ball is currently completing a residency in General Surgery at the University of Calgary. Dr. Ball received a medical degree from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science in Muscle Biochemistry and Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Christopher Denny

Selected to attend the NASA Kennedy Space Center Medical Elective (October 2003).

Dr Christopher Denny is currently completing a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition, he is completing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology through the Clinician-Scientist Training Program. His thesis examines injury patterns in youth. Dr. Denny received a medical degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Philosophy from Queen's University.

Dr. Sulaiman Nanji

Selected to attend the NASA Johnson Space Center Aerospace Medicine Clerkship (April 2004).

Dr Sulaiman Nanji is currently completing a residency in General Surgery at the University of Alberta. In addition, through the Surgeon-Scientist Program, Dr. Nanji is conducting research towards a PhD in Experimental Surgery, with a focus in islet transplantation for the treatment of diabetes. Dr Nanji received a medical degree from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physiology and minor in Mathematics from McGill University.

Dr. Inderpal Saluja

Selected to attend the NASA Kennedy Space Center Medical Elective (April 2004).

Dr Inderpal Saluja is currently completing a residency in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Saluja received a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University.

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