Zika Virus Disease Information for Travelers

A recent meeting by an Emergency Committee at WHO concluded that there is no justification for restrictions on travel or trade to prevent the spread of Zika Virus.

The CDC additionally issued an interim set of recommendations for pregnant women considering travel to an area of Zika virus transmission:

  • Consider postponing travel to ongoing Zika affected areas;
  • If travelling is unavoidable, strictly follow measures to prevent mosquito bites. DEET, picaridin and IR3535 are safe for pregnant women;
  • Health care providers attending pregnant women should ask about recent travel. Women who traveled to Zika Fever affected areas should be tested for Zika virus disease;
  • Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) can be performed for symptomatic patients with onset of symptoms within the previous week. IgM and neutralizing antibody testing should be performed on specimens collected from 4 and more days after the beginning of symptoms.

Read the entire AsMA document titled "Zika Virus Disease Information for Travelers"

MEDX Event Announcement

The Space Medicine Explorers Association, an aerospace medicine student interest group at University of Vermont College of Medicine, is hosting a guest speaker event with STS-90 Neurolab mission astronaut Jay Buckey, M.D., on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Dr. Buckey will talk about Mars exploration and human health in space, followed by a Q & A session. This event is sponsored by Vermont Space Grant Consortium and UVM College of Medicine. Contact Clare Park for more information:

The Space Medicine Explorers Association (MEDX) exists to inspire and facilitate research at the intersection of two frontiers: Space and Medicine. We strive to advance aerospace medicine through disseminating knowledge and research, promoting student interest, and presenting career opportunities in the field. We host exciting events such as guest lectures from aerospace medicine physicians and researchers, discussions of various space medicine topics, and field trips to research facilities.

Humans to Mars Summit 2016

H2M is the most comprehensive conference in the world focused on landing humans on Mars - and the 2016 H2M is shaping up to be the biggest H2M yet. Confirmed and tentative speakers already include:

• Charles Bolden (NASA Administrator)
• Dava Newman (NASA, Deputy Administrator)
• Buzz Aldrin (Apollo XI; Gemini XII)
• Andrew Weir (Author, The Martian) - INCLUDING 1st EAST COAST BOOK SIGNING!
• Ellen Stofan (NASA, Chief Scientist)
• George Nield (FAA, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Flight)
• Keri Kukral (Raw Science)
• Bill Nye "The Science Guy" (CEO, The Planetary Society)
• Janet Ivey (Janet's Planet)
• James Green (NASA, Director of Planetary Science)
• Miles O'Brien (PBS, CNN)
• Penelope Boston (New Mexico Tech)
• Sam Scimemi (NASA: Director, International Space Station)
• 'Astronaut Abby' Harrison (Student; The Mars Generation)
• Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne)
• Harley Thronson (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
• Scott Hubbard (Stanford University; former Director of NASA Mars Exploration Program)
• Mary Lynne Dittmar (Executive Director, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration)
And many more...

To receive the AsMA registration discount register at and enter the promotional code found in the Members Only Section of this website under Member Announcements.

We look forward to seeing you at H2M.


CAMA Sunday

This year's CAMA Sunday will take place Sunday, April 24 from 9 AM to 12 PM.
   Theme: "Updates on Thromboembolic Disease: Aeromedical Implications and Review of New Anticoagulants"
   Speakers:  Dr. Rob McBane, Mayo Clinic Vascular Center, Rochester, MN
                  Dr. Warren Silberman, President-Elect, Civil Aviation Medical Association Oklahoma City, OK

ABMS Draft Report on Physician Executives/Administrative Leaders Continuing Certification

In 2015, Dr. Lois Margaret Nora, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), commissioned a Special Committee on Physician Executives/Administrative Leaders and Continuing Certification to advise ABMS and its Member Boards on ways to make ABMS Programs of Maintenance of Certification more meaningful and relevant to medical specialists in executive or administrative leadership positions.

The Committee's draft report and recommendations can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.  The Committee is interested in receiving feedback from you and other members of your organization. Please CLICK HERE to provide comments or upload a comment letter.
Please submit your comments by Friday, February 19, 2016.

NASA Recruiting Astronauts


NASA is on a journey to Mars, and it’s hard to imagine a more exciting time to be part of our team. Scientific exploration and technology development has brought us closer to the Red Planet than we ever have been, and there are many ways for talented and enthusiastic people to join us on that journey.  One of those opportunities begins today, as we open a new call for the next class of astronauts.

The agency needs the most talented and qualified astronauts to fly on those missions, and for the next couple of months, we need the leaders of tomorrow to send us their credentials and let us know what they can bring to the table for the next giant leaps in exploration.

If you want to apply, among the credentials you’ll need are a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological, physical or computer science or mathematics and at least three years of related professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. To apply, you’ll need to go to and search for the keyword "astronaut."

We want this next class to be our most diverse group of candidates yet. If you know someone who you think might like to join our team, please encourage them to apply. And whether you aspire to fly in space or prefer to keep your feet anchored here on Earth, thank you for your ongoing contributions to our mission and for keeping the United States the world’s leader in science, aeronautics and space exploration. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at the NASA website.

Winner of the 2015 AsMA Fellows Scholarship

The AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the winner of the 2015 scholarship.  Babak Alagha, M.D. won the scholarship for his presentation and publication of a manuscript on "Conservative Management of Mechanical Neck Pain in a Helicopter Pilot”.  

The $2,000 AsMA Fellows Scholarship is funded by the AsMA Foundation and is presented annually to an AsMA member who is a student in an aerospace medicine residency program, graduate program in aerospace medicine (Master or Ph.D.), medical certificate or aerospace diploma course, or in a full time education/training program in the allied fields of nursing, physiology, human factors, psychology, ergonomics, and engineering.  Selection criteria include delivering a slide or poster presentation as a first author at the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting and then submitting a manuscript as first author for publication in AsMA’s Aerospace Medicine & Human Performance Journal based on the same topic and/or material covered in the slide or poster presentation.   The winner is selected by the AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee based on the high scientific value, originality, quality and relevance of the candidates' presentations and published manuscripts.  

Melchor Antuñano, M.D., M.S.

AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee

European Associations Endorse AsMA Pilot Mental Health Recommendations

On November 30, 2015, the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM), European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP), and European Codkpit Association (ECA) published a joint press release endorsing the 2015 AsMA Pilot Mental Health Recommendations. The Press Release states "In a joint initiative to strengthen the relationship between aviation medical examiners and pilots, the European associations ESAM, EAAP and ECA have issued today their joint approach to medical and mental fitness assessments of pilots. It endorses a key set of guidelines developed by the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). This step constitutes a milestone in strengthening aeromedical assessments, taking into account the increasing relevance of psychosocial stressors, mental health aspects, and the changing working environment that pilots are exposed to."

In their Joint Statement, the three organisations stress that safe pilot performance during an entire career should be the common aim of professional pilots, aeromedical and aviation psychological specialists, airline managers, and authorities alike.

Visit the AsMA Pilot Mental Health webpage to learn more.

ETC Recruiting for Study

The National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, PA, is conducting research into the safety training methods that will be used to train future sub-orbital space flight passengers. Volunteers are invited to participate in the experiment and experience a simulated sub-orbital space flight. There is no compensation for time, travel, lodging, or other expenses associated with you participation in this experiment. 

Details can be viewed in the NASTAR Center-UTMB Recruiting Letter.

AsMA Pilot Mental Health Recommendations Updated

The AsMA Pilot Mental Health Working Group recently reviewed their previously published recommendations on pilot mental health screening and updated those recommendations. This review was in response to the March 2015 Germanwings accident. Read the updated Pilot Mental Health recommendations.

AsMA Response to Draft Legislation on Third Class Medical Certification

Section 2 of the draft legislation titled Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (H.R. 1062 and S. 571) makes significant changes to the medical certification requirements for a large portion of U.S. Private Pilots.  The Aerospace Medical Association leadership and committees have carefully reviewed the draft legislation and a letter was sent to the FAA Administrator, members of the U.S. Congressional General Aviation Caucus, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, as well as the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation.  The letter describes concerns with Section 2 of the draft legislation and encourages the use of the FAA Notice of Prposed Rule Making Processes so comments and concerns from the public can be properly voiced and considered by the rule makers.


AsMA Response to Pilot Mental Health Issues

AsMA Pilot Mental Health Working Group Chairperson, Philip J. Scarpa, Jr., MD, MS, reponds to Pilot Mental Health Issues. Learn more about AsMA's efforts related to pilot mental health issues by visiting our Pilot Mental Health webpage.

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.