Space Medicine for Earthlings 


The ASPC team celebrated National Science Week and headed to the Industry Sundowner event, "Space Medicine for Earthlings" hosted by ANU Institute for Space and Australia in Space Magazine this week. The panel highlighted the possibilities in space medicine, how the human body reacts to short or long term transit; the effects of micro gravity as well as radiation and so much more. 

This was a fantastic opportunity for the Centre to be able to bring a member of the Royal Australian Air Force workforce with the team to expand their thinking, conversation, ideas and to support their endeavours in research within the Space Domain. The team look forward to publishing and communicating their written pieces that were a result of this event in the future.  

Thank you to the speakers and moderator: 

Professor Tracy Smart AO:

Retired Air Vice Marshal Tracy Lee Smart, AO is a Professor of Military and Aerospace Medicine and Public Health Lead of the COVID Response Office at the Australian National University. She is a physician, aerospace medicine specialist, health leader, and retired Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) senior officer. She was the third woman to reach the rank of air vice marshal in the RAAF. 

Prof. Gordon Cable AM:

Gordon is a Specialist in Aerospace Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine. He is co-founder and Head of Flight Medicine with Human Aerospace Pty Ltd, and has also had a long-standing role with the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, most recently as Head of Aerospace medicine Training, having accrued 26 years of experience with humans in the high-performance environment of military flying. 

Dr Ben Bramble:

Ben Bramble received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014. He then held postdoctoral positions at the University of Vienna, and Lund University Sweden. In 2016, he was appointed as a permanent faculty member (Assistant Professor) at Trinity College Dublin. In 2018, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. In 2019, he was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton University.

Associate Professor David Kim:

David W. Kim (PhD: Syd) is a Honorary Lecturer at the School of History, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHistS), United Kingdom, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (RAS), United Kingdom, Chair for ANU Religion Conference Committee and the Chair for the National Association of Foreign Scholars in Korea (NAFSIK). 

Moderator Chris Cubbage:

Chris Cubbage is a technology journalist, public safety expert and a specialist in city surveillance operations, enterprise security and governance. Chris Cubbage spent the first 15 of his 30+ years experience in law enforcement, including as a major crime and homicide detective and senior Australian Crime Commission investigator leading one of Australia’s largest insider trading cases. Following this, he established an independent consultancy practice and created new media brands for the Asia Pacific security industry.

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