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PoSSUM/IIAS Space Medicine Group


The IIAS Space Medicine Group (SMG) represents professionals within the PoSSUM community working on research, education and health initiatives in space and terrestrial medicine and health. SMG is currently working on three initiatives: 1) the Space Medicine Working Group (SMWG), 2) the Health Task Force (HTF), and 3) the ‘Astronaut Mentality’ educational outreach initiative.

Space Medicine Working Group

SMWG aims to catalyze the development of knowledge, data, testing, protocols, tools and technologies that will positively contribute to the development of operational space medicine, safety and rescue operations, physiology, countermeasures and mitigation by developing protocols and tests for PoSSUM’s wide variety of research activities.

COVID-19 Health Task Force

There is a lot of uncertainty and emerging data around the novel coronavirus at this time, and there is a need for trusted sources and information. The COVID-19 Health Task Force (HTF) consists of doctors, nurses and epidemiologists within the PoSSUM community working together to compile an ever-growing list of trusted international and national resources and guidelines.

Trusted Resources

The Astronaut Mentality

What do life in space and life in a pandemic have in common? A lot, as it turns out – and we have lessons to share! Tune in to our continuing daily webinar series starting April 8, as pilots, doctors, scientists and  explorers from the PoSSUM community share their lessons of resilience, resourcefulness, emergency preparedness, tough situations – while challenging the audience to participate as well!

The Astronaut Mentality Webinar Series

Is isolation making you anxious? Project PoSSUM will be sharing a series of webinars that are FREE and available to the general public starting this 8 April. Click on the ‘LOGIN NOW’ link or dial-in at the number provided to join your hosts Dr. Shawna Pandya and Shayla Redmond each weekday at 11AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) to talk with our panelists and take part in the discussion! We use GotoMeeting as our online webinar platform – to get the app, visit HERE

Wed, Apr 8, 2020 11AM (EDT)The Astronaut Mentality: Resilience, Coping and Being a Space MacGvyerWATCH HEREShayla RedmondDr. Shawna PandyaKyle Foster
Johannes Svensoy
Morgan Kainu
Robert Malakhov
Thu, Apr 9, 2020 11AM (EDT)The Astronaut Mentality Pt II: Lessons Learned from Previous SelectionsWATCH HEREDr. Shawna PandyaDr. Sian ProctorDr. Sian Proctor
Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj
Dr. Aaron Persad
Bailey Burns
Fri, Apr 10, 2020 11AM (EDT)Is anybody out there? Lessons on Isolation from “Mars," Analog and ICE EnvironmentsWATCH HEREBailey BurnsMegan KaneDr. Sian Proctor
Aimee Valliere
Kyle Foster
Mon, Apr 13, 2020 11AM (EDT)How not to get voted of the hab: expeditionary behavior, teamwork and leadershipWATCH HEREShayla RedmondCasey StedmanDr. Shawna Pandya
Matt Wise
Kyle Foster
Robert Malakhov
Tue, Apr 14, 2020 11AM (EDT)30 seconds to OUT THE DOOR: Emergency preparedness and what's in your go-bag? WATCH HEREDr. Sian ProctorMatt Wise
Dara Dotz
Yvette Gonzalez
Anthony Navarro
Lee Roberts
Valerie Richard
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 11AM (EDT)Operational environments, risk analysis and critical decision-making in tight spotsWATCH HEREDr. Shawna PandyaLee Roberts
Dr. Rui Moura
Matt Wise
Richard Blakeman
Anthony Navarro
Thu, Apr 16, 2020 11AM (EDT)Fueling the fire: Nutrition for space...and quarantine?WATCH HEREMegan KaneDr. Sian ProctorAimee Valliere
Matt Wise
Starr Schroeder
Fri, Apr 17, 2020 11AM (EDT)As above, so below: lessons from the water world for space and isolationWATCH HEREAnthony NavarroStephen Daire
Matt Harasymczuk
Dr. Shawna Pandya
Kyle Foster
Dr. Jason Reimuller
Ken Trujillo
Mon, Apr 20, 2020 11AM (EDT)No human is an island...but life support systems should come close WATCH HEREDr. Rui MouraKen TrujilloDr. Jason Reimuller
Dr. Aaron Persad
Ted Southern
Tue, Apr 21, 2020 11AM (EDT)Is anybody out there part 2? Lessons from ICE environments on communication, diversity and outreach/ Show wrap-upWATCH HEREShayla RedmondBailey Burns
Morgan Kainu
Dr. Jason Reimuller
Nic Nelson
Dr. Carlos Salicrup

IIAS Health Task Force Members

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