Announcements

Abstract submission site now open!

The abstract submission site is now open. This is a different site from last year, so you will need to create an account. The deadline for submitting abstracts is October 31, 2014. Please contact Pam Day or Rachel Trigg with any questions.


Red Bull Stratos Mission Documentary Available Through Netflix

   The Red Bull Stratos Project took Felix Baumgartner to over 128,000 ft in a stratospheric balloon, from which he jumped, successfully freefalling and then parachuting to earth, in October 2012. One of the Aerospace Medical Association's members, Art Thompson, was the chief architect of the mission. He designed the flight articles and assembled the mission team. The documentary film about the project, "Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space," is now available for streaming through Netflix and presents the challenges embodied in the mission and the resulting technology and data that are now being incorporated into other missions.


Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the "Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease."  This guidance is intended to assist air medical transport (AMT) service providers in using specialized and/or specially equipped aircraft to transport patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) while maximizing the safety of patients and transport personnel. This guidance does not apply to commercial passenger aircraft. 


NSBRI Soliciting for Research Proposals to Support Crew Health

   The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is soliciting for ground-based and analogue definition research proposals to develop safe and effective countermeasures and technologies that will reduce the significant biomedical risks associated with human space travel. These discoveries will not only enable safe and productive human spaceflight, but will also have the potential to improve life on Earth. The Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) announcement entitled "Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions" was released jointly with NASA’s Human Research Program on July 31, 2014.
   This NSBRI research announcement, (NRA) may be viewed at http://www.nsbri.org under the Funding Opportunities menu, within the Current Announcements section. The NRA is also available via the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by navigating through the menu listings "Solicitations" to "Open Solicitations." On the Open Solicitations page, researchers should select “NNJ14ZSA001N” from the list of solicitations and then choose “Appendix B.”
   NSBRI is soliciting for research proposals to augment the project portfolios of its Cardiovascular Alterations, Human Factors and Performance, Musculoskeletal Alterations, Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors, Sensorimotor Adaptation, and Smart Medical Systems & Technology scientific research teams. Research topics include visual impairment observed in U.S. astronauts. The specific research topics are:

Cardiovascular Alterations

• Develop and Validate “Early” Biomarkers to Detect Asymptomatic Cardiovascular Disease.

Human Factors and Performance
• Measure and Model the Level of Crew Member Trust of Automation During Autonomous Operations, and Develop Adaptive Technology Countermeasures To Mitigate Situational Stressors.

Musculoskeletal Alterations
• Characterize Genetic Mosaicism in Muscle and Bone Tissues of Rodents Exposed to Simulated Space Radiation and Microgravity.

Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors
• Test Countermeasures for Space-Radiation Induced Neurobehavioral Deficits.
• Detect and Optimize Stress in Astronauts or Astronaut-like Subjects Prior to Mission.

Sensorimotor Adaptations
• Commission a Task Force of World Experts to Characterize Sensorimotor and Neurocognitive Effects Associated with the Spaceflight-Induced Intracranial Hypertension/Vision Alterations (VIIP) Syndrome; and based on these Findings, Propose Alternative Hypotheses To Illuminate the Cause(s) of VIIP.

Smart Medical Systems and Technology
• Define and Validate Mechanical Countermeasures for Microgravity-Associated Cephalad Fluid Shifts.

   Proposals solicited in response to this NSBRI research announcement will follow a two-step review process. Only Step-1 proposers determined to have proposed work that is relevant to the specific topics solicited by this research announcement will be invited to submit full Step-2 proposals. Step-1 proposals are due on September 4, 2014, and invited Step-2 proposals are due on December 3, 2014. Participation is open to all categories of U.S. based organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies. Both Step-1 and Step-2 proposals must be submitted electronically via NSPIRES.


CDC Ebola Guidelines for Health Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their "Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease."  These Guidelines were distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network.


Aeromedical Lessons Learned from Columbia Shuttle Mishap

Reflecting current efforts and understanding, Loss of Signal aims to present the story of Columbia from an aerospace medical angle, focusing holistically on what is important for future investigations and analysis of spacecraft mishaps. This book is written by those who participated in the crew recovery and analysis and is written from their first-hand perspective of the events. The loss of a human crew implies sensitivities that must be balanced against the public and industry need to know, with the guiding principle being prevention of further mishaps and enhanced protection for crewmembers.

Learn more here.


2013 AsMA Donors - Thank You

AsMA would like to thank the following organizations and individuals that so generously supported the Association in 2013:

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Aerospace Human Factors Association
  • Aerospace Medical, PLC
  • Aerospace Medical Association of Korea
  • American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists (ASAMS)
  • AMST Systemtechnik GmbH (AMST)
  • Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA)
  • Eagle Applied Sciences
  • Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC)
  • French Society of Aviation and Space Medicine
  • Genevolve Vision Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Harvey Watt & Company
  • Impact Instrumentation, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Mayo Clinic
  • SAIC
  • Society of NASA Flight Surgeons
  • Society of US Naval Flight Surgeons
  • Society of US Air Force Flight Surgeons
  • Wyle

INDIVIDUALS
  • Anzalone, Fanancy
  • Bacevice, Anthony E.
  • Belland, Kris
  • Bendrick, Gregg A.
  • Broadwell, David K.
  • Chase, Bruce
  • Cohen, Malcolm M.
  • Eisenbrey, A. Bradley
  • Hope, Jerry
  • Jurist, John
  • Merchant, P. Glenn
  • Musselman, Brian
  • Shender, Barry
  • Sventek, Jeffrey C.

AsMA has made every effort to assure this list is complete, but we acknowledge that errors may occur.  Please report any errors to AsMA.