Space travel has become a routine occurrence, with astronauts traveling to and from the International Space Station (ISS) every six months from a number of different countries. But we’re still not sure of the health consequences — does ‘extreme travel’ change our bodies, and what challenges might zero gravity pose to our health? Could this extreme environment help us pioneer novel therapies here on earth? Join us for a discussion on the health benefits and risks of interstellar trips and explains why medicine must follow wherever humankind go.
Donal O’Gorman is Interim Director of the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB), a leading research institute located on the DCU campus in Dublin. He is Ireland’s leading expert on human physiology in space environment, bed rest studies, and assessing countermeasures to the effects of microgravity on the human body and links to ageing in the general population.
Niamh Shaw is an Irish engineer, scientist, communicator and artist. Her exhibit Heart of the Mission is an homage to her experience as part of Crew 173 at the Mars Desert Research Station, a facility in the high Utah desert where you live as if you are on Mars.