Applications for NASA Radiation Summer School Available

NASA is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 NASA Space Radiation Summer School.  The deadline for applications is February 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
   Up to 16 students will be selected for the course to be held this summer at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Long Island, New York from June 5-23, 2017 (arrival on May 31 for registration and orientation on June 1 and 2).  Faculty can be considered as auditors under special circumstances. Both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens may apply to the program. The goal of the course is to provide scientific and practical information to graduate students and scientists who are either new to the NASA program or to charged particle radiobiology.  At the completion of the summer school, students will have received the full complement of training required to conduct their own experiments at BNL.
   Course topics will include basic principles in radiation biology and biophysics, including DNA damage and repair, cytogenetics, cell cycle effects, programmed cell death, mutagenesis, genomic instability, epigenetics, cell and tissue signaling, and early and late effects on normal tissues (including the central nervous system, cardiovascular effects and effects on other normal tissues). A strong emphasis is placed on linking mechanistic aspects of these biological processes to carcinogenesis and possible late degenerative effects following exposure to space radiation. The lectures also include a substantial focus on physics to support the special needs of research on space radiation. These lectures include an introduction to radiation physics, track structure, the interaction of spaceflight radiations with matter, the space radiation environment, charged particle dosimetry, accelerator operations and space radiation protection. The course also includes a research practicum as part of the core curriculum.
    Both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens may apply to the program.  All selected students must satisfy BNL and Department of Energy safety and security requirements in order to be admitted. Due to the intense nature of the course, applicants must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in the English language.  Expenses for travel within the U.S. and for room and board will be covered for program participants, with the exception of U.S. civil servants or employees of some government agencies. Successful applicants from outside the U.S. must provide for their travel to and from one of the three New York/Long Island Airports (Kennedy, LaGuardia, or MacArthur/Islip).
   The course curriculum as well as the participant and faculty lists from the 2016 course may be found online at:

   Application Deadline: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central Time
   For more information and to apply, please visit

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Early Bird Registration for the AsMA 88th Annual Scientific Meeting is now open. Early Bird Registration rates will be available through January 31, 2017. Advance Registration rates will begin on February 1, 2017. Early Bird Registration must be paid in full including registration, Continuing Medical Education (CME) fee, Maintenance of Certification (MOC) fee, as well as all events and meal functions at the time of registration.

Enjoy Early Bird Registration savings by registering today. Access the 88th Annual Scientific Meeting registration webpage here.

Draft AsMA Resolution Available for Review and Comment

In accordance with the AsMA Bylaws, Article XII, Section 3, Para P, dated April 26, 2016, a draft AsMA Resolution is available on the AsMA website for members’ review and comment. The draft AsMA Resolution titled “Reporting of Medically-Disqualifying Conditions for Aircrew and Aviation-Related Support Personnel” can be accessed by:

  • Go to
  • Go to the Members Only section by entering login credentials in the upper right corner
  • On the Members Only Home Page, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the link titled “MEMBER FORUMS”
  • Select the “ALL MEMBERS” link on the next page
  • Select the “DRAFT ASMA RESOLUTION 2016-01” link
  • You will land on the Draft AsMA Resolution 2016-01 webpage and will find the draft AsMA Resolution for your review

Please review the draft AsMA resolution. Should you wish to comment on the draft AsMA resolution, you can enter your comment in the DISQUS forum found below the draft AsMA resolution. If you do not have a DISQUS account, you will need to build one. You can also login using your Facebook, Twitter, or Google login credentials. To build a DISQUS login:
  • Select the “Login” option in the upper right corner of the DISQUS comment forum
  • Select “Disqus” from the list
  • Select “Need an account?” link
  • Enter Name, E-mail, and Password
  • Follow the steps to verify your account with Disqus
  • Return to the DISQUS comment forum and enter your comment

All comments will be provided to the AsMA Resolutions Committee for consideration. If significant changes are made to the draft AsMA Resolution as a result of members’ review/comments, the draft resolution will be returned to the AsMA Council for approval. Should the draft resolution remain unchanged following the 60-day review/comment period, the resolution will be posted for a vote to approve by the AsMA membership.

Jeffrey C. Sventek, MS, CAsP, FAsMA, FRAeS
Executive Director

Volunteers Needed for 45-Day HERA Study

NASA-JSC Test Subject Screening is recruiting volunteers for a 68-day study (including training and post-data collection) to simulate flight operations and confinement. Subjects will spend 45 days in confined habitation in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) facility at JSC. Researchers will collect blood, urine and saliva; study personal behaviors; and evaluate team cohesion, cognition and communication.

We are seeking healthy non-smokers ages 30 to 55. You must pass a JSC physical and psychological assessment to qualify. Subjects must take no medications, have no dietary restrictions, have a BMI of 29 or less, be 74 inches or less in height and have no history of sleepwalking. Volunteers must also have highly technical skills and a Master of Science degree in a science, technology, engineering or math discipline or equivalent years of experience.

Volunteers will be compensated.

View NASA Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) flyer and get more information here.

Send CV or resume

Interested? Contact Linda Byrd, RN, at 281-483-7284, and Rori Yager, RN, at 281-483-7240. 

Winner of the 2016 AsMA Fellows Scholarship

The AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the winner of the 2016 scholarship.  Karina Marshall Goebel, Ph.D. won the scholarship for her presentation and publication of a manuscript on "Intracranial and Intraocular Pressure During Various Degrees of Head-Down Tilt”.  

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 (AMHP) 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 highest scientific value, originality, quality and relevance of the applicant’s presentation and AMHP manuscript related to the field of aerospace medicine (including allied scientific disciplines).  Special consideration is given to those applicants who are at an early stage in their career development.

Melchor Antuñano, M.D., M.S.
AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee

AsMA Cuba Trip Cancelled

The AsMA Delegation trip to Cuba scheduled for February 2017 has been cancelled. This decision was based on very low interest and registration from AsMA members. There are currently no plans to reschedule this trip. 

Scholarships to 2017 ICASM Offered

The 2017 International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine (ICASM), will be held in Rome, Italy, in the Fall of 2017. The Italian Association of Aerospace Medicine and the National Association of Assistants and Controllers of Air Navigation have announced the VII edition of the scientific prize “I Guido­niani.” The scholarship prize will be 2,000 Euro for the best original paper in the field of medicine, psychology, or engineering, regarding man in atmospheric/spatial flight, and 2,000 Euro for the best original paper in the field of medicine, psychology, or engineering concerning human factors in air traffic control. Scientists below the age of 35 with a degree in medicine, biology, psychology, or engineering are eligible.
    Properly completed and signed applications should be submitted online at the email address: or faxed to the number: 06.99331577. The notes for authors can be downloaded at the following address: The deadline for the presentation of applications is the 15th of June 2017. The full application form can be downloaded on the AIMAS website at the following address:

AsMA Delegation to Cuba

The Aerospace Medical Association, in coordination with the Professionals Abroad division of the Academic Travel Abroad organization, is offering AsMA members the opportunity to join a delegation of Aerospace Medicine professionals to visit Cuba for the purpose of researching medical practices in the Cuban aviation system. The delegation will convene in Miami, FL on February 6, 2017 at which time we will depart for Cuba. We will return to the United States on February 11, 2017. 

Delegates will participate in professional meetings and site visits each day; the interests and composition of the team will determine the final meetings and topics for discussion.

The goals of the delegation and initial topics of discussion for the meetings and site visits have been identified as the following: 
• Observe the practice of aerospace medicine in Cuba 
• Training and appointment of aviation medical examiners for aircrew and Air Traffic Controllers 
• Review the organization and regulation of AMEs 
• Discuss occupational and preventive medicine in Cuba particularly within the aviation industry 
• Study travel health surveillance as it applies to airports, aircrew, and passengers including inbound and outbound health screening 
• Medical support for sick and/or disabled passengers arriving/departing Cuba 
• Management of in-flight medical events in Cuban aircraft and in over-flights requiring assistance on landing 
• The management of aerospace medicine in Cuba 
• Briefing from the Department of Transport as governmental agency with overall responsibility for aviation 
• Briefing from the Department of Health as the governmental agency responsible for clinical services 
• Observe clinical facilities at the airport and hospitals
For complete details, please read the Letter of Invitation found here.

Cost to Participate

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,895. This cost includes round-trip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; group transportation, Cuban Visa and license to travel to Cuba for US Citizens; meeting planning, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation. For accompanying guests, the estimated cost is $4,895 and also includes round-trip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; Cuban Visa and license to travel to Cuba for US Citizens; group transportation, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation.

Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or click here to be directed to your enrollment website. You can also visit and search for Aerospace Medical Association. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.
If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677. For additional program details, to RSVP, or to recommend a colleague to be invited please visit

Please consider joining Professor David Gradwell, AsMA President, on this delegation to Cuba. We believe this Aerospace Medicine delegation to Cuba will be personally and professionally rewarding.

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.