DECEMBER 5–7, 2017  GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER
SPACE APPLICATIONS FUELING BUSINESS INNOVATION

Medical

Medical1Medical diagnostics and treatment is going through a revolution in miniaturization and remote capabilities. Biomedical research aboard the International Space Station is helping researchers develop effective, new medications and teaching important lessons about combating the debilitating effects of aging. NASA’s plan to send astronauts on multi-year missions to Mars is posing immense health challenges, and the solutions developed will have great benefit to the quality of health services on Earth.

At SpaceCom, medical executives and researchers engage with peers in the space, energy, maritime and advanced manufacturing sectors to explore the technological intersections that will help advance their business.

PLUS . . . the National Laboratory, aboard the International Space Station (ISS), is a testing ground for processes and materials that are directly affected by zero gravity and harsh environments that cannot be found on Earth. Find out how to utilize the space station to test your research and experiments — it may be easier than you think.

APPLICATIONS IN ACTION

  • Pharmaceutical Research: Crystals grown in microgravity help scientists understand the atomic, three-dimensional structure of many important protein molecules. These findings are being used to search for cancer cures, stroke prevention and other diseases.
  • Robotics: NASA is training Robonaut 2 in telemedicine, hoping that one day robots (controlled by humans) could administer care to astronauts aboard space stations and on deep space missions. Several hospitals already use human-controlled robotic arms to perform very fine brain surgery on Earth.
  • Remote & Telemedicine: Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity (ADUM) investigators modified the training methods and remote guidance techniques developed for the space station to extend medical care capabilities on Earth, including remote environments such as Mt. Everest and the Arctic Circle. Plus, Baylor College of Medicine Emergency Smart Pod (ESP) offers compact deployable medical facilities that not only employ space technologies, but will also feed valuable research back to NASA as it develops its advanced remote medical capability for deep space missions.

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