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Hayes to Head Space Medicine Association

May 30, 2019

Hayes to Head Space Medicine Association

Judith Hayes, M.P.H., is the incoming President of the Space Medicine Association.

   Ms. Hayes is the Chief of the NASA Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences Division within the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Human Health and Performance Directorate. Her career spans over 3 decades as a scientist and manager dedicated to ensuring astronaut health and performance during human space exploration. She was the PI on two flight experiments studying the effects of microgravity on skeletal muscle in astronauts. She has managed space physiology and environmental health laboratories, space medicine projects, and the integration of biomedical research for the Space Shuttle, Russian Mir-Shuttle, and International Space Station (ISS). In addition to JSC, she collaborated with the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) to establish several NASA biomedical laboratories housed in their facilities in Star City, Russia, to support NASA experiment and medical tests on NASA-Mir and ISS crewmembers. Currently, the SK Division is involved in research, operations, and/or project management components of several NASA programs: ISS, Commercial Crew, Orion, Human Research Program, and Space Biology. She continues to work closely with NASA’s international partners on various international contracts to provide ISS medical and experiment support. She is a charter member of the International
Countermeasures Working Group for developing global standards for spaceflight exercise, rehabilitation, and research. 
   Ms. Hayes is also the Director of the NASA Space Life Sciences Summer Institute, where she’s hosted 1000+ students who have participated in this JSC educational institute that exposes interns and fellows to multidisciplinary challenges in space physiology, psychology, environmental health, and medicine related to human space exploration. She has lectured for various university programs, as well as various training programs for NASA flight surgeons and astronaut candidates. She has published journal papers and book chapters related to spaceflight exercise. 
   Ms. Hayes received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University, followed by a Master of Public Health in Occupational Health/Aerospace Medicine from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. She completed an appointment at the Royal College of Surgeons of England supporting epidemiologic research for the UK National Health Service. She has been recognized with various honors including the prestigious Silver Snoopy granted by the NASA Astronauts, as well as West Virginia University Hall of Fame, Outstanding Alumnus, and Academy of Distinguished Alumni. She is an active member of Sigma Xi and a Fellow in the Aerospace Medical Association.