In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Thais Russomano about human health in space. Dr. Russomano will discuss changes that occur to the human body when in space; health concerns and differences between living on Mars vs living on the Moon; how medicines might behave differently in space; diagnostic tools needed in space; long-term health surveillance; and how clinical trials "in" space could be conducted. Finally, she will discuss her thoughts on if humans could truly live on Mars one day and how that would happen from a health perspective.
Dr. Russomano is an internationally recognized expert on space medicine. She is a medical doctor and a doctor (Phd) of space physiology. She's worked as a space scientist at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Germany and founded the Microgravity Center, an international reference center to study human space physiology, which she headed for years. She's been a professor of space physiology at King's College in London and a visiting professor at several other universities in different countries. She's written numerous publications on space-related health issues, and she is co founder and director of InnovaSpace. You can read more about her and her work here.