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THE HARVARD-MIT PROGRAM IN BIOASTRONAUTICS. 18 th IAA Humans in Space Symposium Houston, Texas April 11-15, 2011 Laurence R. Young, Julie Greenberg, and Alan Natapoff. The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

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The harvard mit program in bioastronautics

THE HARVARD-MIT PROGRAM IN BIOASTRONAUTICS

18th IAA Humans in Space Symposium

Houston, Texas

April 11-15, 2011

Laurence R. Young, Julie Greenberg, and Alan Natapoff


The harvard mit division of health sciences and technology

The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

  • 1971 Harvard and MIT create what is now the Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). Offers MD degrees.

  • 1978 HST creates the Medical Engineering/ Medical Physics (MEMP) PhD Program.

  • 2006 MEMP creates the Bioastronautics PhD Program.


Curriculum memp overview

Curriculum: MEMP, Overview

  • Combines engineering and physical sciences with biological sciences

    • Pre-clinical medicine (with MD students).

    • 12-week Introduction to Clinical Medicine

    • Clinical or industrial preceptorship.

    • Thesis research


Memp core

MEMP CORE

  • Human Pathology

  • Human Anatomy

  • Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology,

    and two of.. Renal-, Respiratory-,Musculoskeletal-Pathophysiology, Introduction to Neuroscience

    and

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (12 weeks), at a Harvard-affiliated hospital.


Required subjects for bioastronautics

Required subjects for Bioastronautics

  • Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering

  • Human Factors Engineering

  • Space Systems Engineering

  • Space Life Sciences Journal Seminar

    (includes link to UTMB Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds)


Curriculum electives special to bioastronautics

Curriculum: Electives Special to Bioastronautics

Students elect at least one of the following:

  • Sensory Neural Systems: Spatial Orientation from End Organs to Behavior and Adaptation

  • Radiation Biophysics

  • Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System

  • Strategic Decision-Making in the Biomedical Business

  • Information Technology in the Health-Care System of the Future


Bioastronautics hands on training

Bioastronautics: Hands-on Training

  • Summer Institute with internship

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine

  • Clinical preceptorship at NASA or industrial laboratory


Summer johnson space center

Summer: Johnson Space Center

  • Space Life Sciences orientation (NSBRI)

  • 2-3 month space related internship at JSC

  • Mentors: Dr. Jean Sibonga, Dr. Jeffrey Jones, Dr. William H. Paloski, Dr. Francis Cucinotta, Dr. David Wu, Dr. Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Nicholas Skytland.


Memp recruitment admissions

MEMP Recruitment & Admissions

  • Typically, 300 applicants, 6% are admitted, of which 80% accept.

  • Bioastronautics, typically: 15 applicants, 1 is admitted and accepts.


Dissemination

Dissemination

  • Materials developed for the Program’s courses have been supplied to NSBRI and are available for use by colleagues at our counterpart Bioastronautics program (also supported by the NSBRI) at TAMU.

  • After further refinement, the materials may be made available more widely using MIT’s OpenCourseWare


Generation phd alumni ae

Generation: PhD Alumni/ae

Kathleen Sienko (University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering)

  • Erika Brown Wagner (X-Prize Foundation)

  • Erez Lieberman-Aiden (Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows)


Generation doctoral candidates

Generation: Doctoral Candidates

  • Dan Buckland (Ultrasound imaging of cervical spine in extreme environments.)

  • Sarah Lumpkins (Risks of highly ionizing radiation on long-duration space flight.)

  • Rachel Ellman (Countermeasures to bone and muscle atrophy in partial gravity.)

  • Jordan Spatz (Effects of microgravity on signaling pathways of osteocytes.)


Generation newest students

Generation: Newest Students

  • Alexander Bruno (Bone/ Muscle physiology)

  • Dustin Kendrick (Exercise physiology)

  • Nikhil Vadhavkar (admitted 2011)


Profile sources research

Profile: Sources/Research

  • UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOLS

  • MIT (2), Harvard, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, Kentucky, Oklahoma, SUNY-Stony Brook, Vanderbilt.

  • RESEARCH CONCENTRATIONS

  • Bone-Muscle (4), Exercise Physiology, Genetics, Instrumentation in Flight (2), Radiation, Vestibular Physiology


Profile bioastronautics faculty

Profile: Bioastronautics Faculty

  • Professors Laurence R. Young, Charles M. Oman, Jeffrey Hoffman, Dava Newman, Mary Cummings, and David Mindell (MIT), and John Tylko (MIT)

  • Professors Daniel Merfeld and Conrad Wall III (Harvard, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary)


Bioastronautics community

Bioastronautics Community

  • Take courses together, attend conferences, collaborate on papers, share expertise, acquire the NASA culture at first-hand.

  • Tatsuya Arai [Japan](CV modeling); Justin Kaderka, Torin Clark, Alexander Stimpson (lunar landing); Roedolph Opperman [South Africa] and Allison Anderson (astronaut glove/suit); Jaime Mateus [Spain] (Artificial Gravity); Aaron Johnson (planetary EVA mission planning),


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