"I believe that the time has arrived for medical investigation of the problems of manned rocket flight, for it will not be the engineering problems but rather the limits of the human frame that will make the final decision as to whether manned space flight will eventually become a reality." Wernher von Braun, Space Medicine, 1951

 

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The Space Medicine Branch was founded in 1951 as the first constituent organization of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). In 2006, the organization changed the name to the Space Medicine Association (SMA) since being an organization under the Aerospace Medical Association was no longer a sensitive issue. The association was founded for the express purpose of advancing the science and art of space medicine and the biological sciences, with special emphasis on the problems facing humans in the space environment. The Space Medicine Association accomplishes these goals by:

· stimulating investigation and study,
· disseminating pertinent knowledge and information,
· establishing and maintaining cooperation between the biological and other sciences concerned with space medicine.

The SMA is a constituent organization of the AsMA. Currently there are 186 members (May 2013). The association has an Executive Committee meeting and its annual business meeting during the annual scientific meeting of AsMA.

The Space Medicine Association offers the following Awards and Scholarships:
Space Medicine Association Jeffrey R. Davis Scholarship Award
http://spacemedicineassociation.org/scholar.htm
Purpose
The purpose of the SMA Jeffrey R. Davis Scholarship is to encourage students, who have demonstrated academic achievement and shown an interest in Space Biology and Space Medical Operations to further pursue a career in Space Medicine.
Award Information
A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded through a competitive process to an individual selected by the scholarship award committee.
Application Deadline
Postmarked by April 1st
Space Medicine Association Wyle Scholarship Award
http://spacemedicineassociation.org/wscholar.htm
Purpose
The purpose of the SMA Wyle Scholarship is to encourage students, who have demonstrated academic achievement and have shown an interest in Space Biology and Space Medical Operations (e.g., biomedical engineering, space flight physiology, human factors research, nursing, psychology, safety, life sciences, etc.) to further pursue a career in Space Medicine.
Award Information
A scholarship award of $500 will be awarded through a competitive process to an individual selected by the scholarship award committee.
Application Deadline
Postmarked by April 1st
Space Medicine Association Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award
E-mail: rocketranger21@bellsouth.net
Purpose
The purpose of the SMA Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award competition is to select the best scientific presentation by a first time presenter at the annual AsMA meeting based on several criteria including originality, project /study personal involvement, potential applicability to the field of Space Medicine, potential utility to other aircrew/ Aerospace Medicine in general, scientific study design, execution, analysis, and technique/skill in communication of the findings by both manuscript and presenter. Participants must be presenting for their very first time at the upcoming Aerospace Medical Association meeting (prior grand rounds presentations are allowed) and submit a manuscript for review by the SMA Young Investigator Award committee.
Award Information
An award of $500 will be awarded to the winner of the competition.
Application Deadline
An application is not necessary as the award committee will evaluate all first time presenters to the Aerospace Medical Association meeting.


 

"Space travel is inherently risky. Space beyond Earth orbit is an extreme and isolated unique environment. Currently, not enough is known of the risks of prolonged travel in deep space to enable humans to venture there for prolonged periods safely." Safe Passage, 2001
 
 
 
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