Programme

The symposium's schedule will include in-person research sessions and panel discussions from invited speakers (listed below), and poster presentations as submitted by attendees. The symposium will start early morning on November 17, 2022, and end late afternoon on November 18, 2022. Note that all scheduled items will occur in-person at the Red & White Club (Calgary, AB, Canada).

 

Day one: November 17, 2022

07:30 - 08:15

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

08:15 - 08:50

OPENING REMARKS 

Giuseppe Iaria (Chair Research, Canadian Space Health Research Network)

Edward (Ed) McCauley (President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary)

Roxanne Fournier (Chair Industry Partnership,  Canadian Space Health Research Network)

Mark Pathy (Chairman and CEO Mavrik Corp and Private Astronaut, Ax-1 Space Mission)

Alyshia Guan (Chair Communications, Canadian Space Health Research Network).

09:00 - 10:30

PANEL DISCUSSION - LEADERS ON THE FRONTIER OF HEALTHCARE 

Moderated by Robert (Bob) Thirsk (Former CSA astronaut, Chancellor Emeritus - University of Calgary)

 

Panelists:

Cornelia (Nel) Wieman (Deputy Chief Medical Officer - First Nations Health Authority, Canada),

Michael Strong (President - Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada),

Kris Lehnhardt (Element Scientist - Exploration Medical Capability, NASA Human Research Program; Associate Professor - Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Space Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, USA). 

Remote regions of our world can be as challenging to the delivery of healthcare as deep space - expansive, austere, and isolated. Since the challenges are comparable, we can expect that medical training, protocols, and technological solutions may be similar in both settings.
Our three panelists are accomplished leaders who are pushing back the frontiers of remote healthcare - in space and on Earth.  The panelists will relate how their organizations have emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic, and will report on new organizational priorities. We will explore their thoughts on future medical trends, and how frontline workers can best be empowered to deliver healthcare in space and on Earth.

10:30 - 10:45

COFFEE BREAK

10:45 - 11:00

INTEGRATING AND TRANSLATING RESEARCH: "BENCH-TO-BEDSIDE" FOR ASTRONAUT HEALTH

Joan Saary (Director - Division of Occupational Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada; Consultant to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Space Agency) 

11:00 - 12:30

SESSION ONE - SKELETAL EFFECTS OF MICROGRAVITY 

Chair: Steven Boyd (University of Calgary, Canada)

Brent Edwards (University of Calgary, Canada)

- Spinal cord injury as a ground-based analog of bone loss in microgravity

Saija Kontulainen (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

- Impact of inactivity and exercise on cortical bone, muscle and marrow 

Leigh Gabel (University of Calgary, Canada)

- Adaptation of bone microarchitecture in long-duration space flight and recovery upon return to Earth

Guy Trudel (University of Ottawa, Canada)

- The skeleton: more than just bone tissue

12:30 - 14:00

LUNCH BREAK - POSTER SESSION & NETWORKING

14:00 - 15:15

SESSION TWO – CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH IN SPACE

Chair: Richard Hughson (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Richard Hughson (University of Waterloo, Canada)

- Astronaut cardiovascular health in Low Earth Orbit and beyond

Kevin Shoemaker (Western University, Canada)

- Head-Down bed rest modifies neuro-vascular control: Implications for forebrain and peripheral vascular contributions

Matt Rossman (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)

- Healthy lifestyle-inspired strategies for preventing or reversing cardiovascular dysfunction

15:15 - 15:45

COFFEE BREAK

15:45 - 17:00

SESSION THREE – THE EFFECTS OF SPACEFLIGHT ON THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Chair: Chen Wang (University of Toronto, Canada)

Alexander Choukèr (University of Munich, Germany)

- COVID-19 translational research inspired by Space
Luchino Cohen (Canadian Space Agency, Canada)

- Progress and challenges in immune response monitoring during spaceflight

Marieke de Korte (University of Toronto, Canada)

- Effects of simulated microgravity on human natural killer cells in cultures

17:00 - 17:15

INTEGRATIVE COMMENTARY ON THE TOPICS OF THE DAY

Joan Saary (Director - Division of Occupational Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada; Consultant to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Space Agency)

17:30 - 19:00

SOCIAL RECEPTION & POSTER SESSION

Registration includes social reception & drink. 

Poster session is optional at this time. 

 

Day two: November 18, 2022

07:15 - 08:00

TRAINEE BREAKFAST: PATHS IN SPACE HEALTH AND BEYOND

- "Ask Me Anything" with Bob Thirsk, Joan Saary, and Kris Lehnhardt (RSVP only) 

If you're interested in furthering your career or research path in the field of space health, or curious about how on earth to reach space, you'll be interested in hearing from these leaders. 

All registered students, trainees and postdocs will be sent an invitation to RSVP.

08:00 - 08:40

BREAKFAST & OPENING REMARKS

08:40 - 09:10

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE OF CANADIAN SPACE RESEARCH
 

Perry Johnson-Green (Canadian Space Agency, Canada)

09:15 - 10:30

SESSION FOUR - STRESS, COPING AND POST-FLIGHT EXPERIENCE CHANGES

Chairs: Phyllis Johnson and Peter Suedfeld (UBC, Canada)

Phyllis Johnson (UBC, Canada) and Deyar Asmaro (Langara College, Canada)

- Work-Family Conflict and Support

Jaideep Bains (University of Calgary, Canada)

- Can my stress become your stress?

Peter Suedfeld (UBC, Canada) and Jelena Brcic (University of Fraser Valley, Canada)

- Stress, Coping and Post-Experience Change

10:30 - 10:45

COFFEE BREAK

10:45 - 12:15

SESSION FIVE – BRAIN AND SENSORY MECHANISMS AFFECTED BY SPACEFLIGHT

Chairs: Giuseppe Iaria (University of Calgary, Canada) and Laurence Harris (York University, Canada)

Laurence Harris (York University, Canada)

- The effect of long-duration exposure to microgravity on the perception of self-motion and distance

Simon Duchesne (University of Laval, Canada)

- Effects of spaceflight on brain health

Ford Burles (University of Calgary, Canada)

- Spaceflight-related neuroplastic adaptations and wayfinding in astronauts

Ryan D’Arcy (HealthTech Connex, Canada)

- Brain vital signs in space

12:15 - 13:45

LUNCH BREAK - POSTER SESSION & NETWORKING

13:45 - 15:00

SESSION SIX – EFFECTS OF RADIATION EXPOSURE DURING SPACEFLIGHT

Chair: Edouard Azzam (Canadian Nuclear Laboratories)

Edouard Azzam (Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Canada)

- Oxidative Stress and Inflammatory Responses in Rodents Exposed to Space Radiation

Antiño Allen (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA)

- Long Term Effect of Space Radiation on Cognition and Brain Physiology: Implications for Future Trips to Mars

Ruth Wilkins (Health Canada)

- Biologically-Based Radiation Dose Assessments for Astronauts

15:00 - 15:15

INTEGRATIVE COMMENTARY ON THE TOPICS OF THE DAY 

Joan Saary (Director - Division of Occupational Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada; Consultant to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Space Agency)

15:15 - 15:30

CLOSING REMARKS