Canadian Students Attend Aerospace Medicine Training at NASA

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2004

Longueuil, Quebec, November 4, 2004 - Ms. Alison Organek, a medical student from the University of Toronto and Dr. Michael Payne, a medical resident at the University of Ottawa, have just completed a four-week aerospace medicine training session at NASA. The two Canadian medical students each received a $6,000 grant from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to cover their travel and living expenses.

Ms. Organek took part in the Aerospace Medicine Clerkship Program, at the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. This program focuses on the clinical, operational and research aspects of space medicine. Her four-week elective involved lectures, exposure to manned testing operations, and familiarization with the medical aspects of space shuttle operations and space station design and function. She was also involved in a research project on current issues in space medicine. Alison Organek is currently completing the last year of a medical degree at the University of Toronto. Ms. Organek received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, chemistry and physics from McGill University.

Dr. Michael Payne was invited to take part in the Medical Education Program at the Kennedy Space Center near Orlando, Florida. This program emphasizes Aerospace and Occupational Medicine. He attended lectures in various aerospace medicine topics, from the hazards of ground operations to the physiological changes that take place during space flight. He got a rare first-hand look at the application of many aerospace principles. The rotation also involves a research project in a focus area of space medicine. Dr. Payne is currently completing a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa. He received his medical and a master's degrees in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and his bachelor's in mechanical engineering with first-class honours from Queen's University.

Two other Canadian medical residents have been selected to participate in similar training sessions at NASA in April 2005. CSA will issue more information on these candidates in May 2005.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 and with its headquarters situated in Longueuil, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency is responsible for coordinating all civil, space-related policies and programs related to science and technology research, industrial development, and international cooperation on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Canadian Space Agency directs its resources and activities through four key thrusts: Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, Satellite Communications, and Space Awareness and Learning. With the overall responsibility for advancing Canada's space policy and programs, the Canadian Space Agency leverages international cooperation to champion world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of humanity.

For more information, please contact:

Carole Duval
Media Relations and Information Services, CSA
(450) 926-4972

Julie Simard
Conseillère en communications, Relations médias /Communications Advisor,
Media Relations
6767, route de l'Aéroport, St-Hubert (Québec) J3Y 8Y9
Tél.: (450) 926-6651
Fax (450) 926-4352
Cell.: (514) 241-3327

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