Space and Extreme Environment Medicine

“To us, the sky is not the limit. It’s the doorstep…”

The University of Colorado Aerospace Medicine Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration between experts in medicine, engineering, spaceflight, education, simulation, and remote environment expedition support.

The program aims to support clinical, educational, research, and design projects intended to serve explorers in the most extreme environments on and off Earth.

Our faculty hail from NASA, The NSF, The Wilderness Medical Society, The American Academy of Underwater Sciences, The Wildlife Conservation Society, and International partners.

We have supported and traveled with expeditions to Antarctica, Greenland, The Arctic Circle, the Himalayas, Kilimanjaro, The International Space Station, Star City Russia, the depths of Earth’s oceans, and numerous space analogue simulations.

We run innovative simulation courses, support record breaking extreme environment expeditions, conduct cutting edge research, and produce wide reaching public media.

To us the sky is not the limit, it’s the doorstep…

November 16th Allie Anderson at TEDx Mile High
November 16th, 2019
Seem’s own Dr. Allie Anderson will be part of TEDx MileHigh’s Imagine series discussing her work engineering human health in extreme environments. Read more here

 

Medicine in Space and Surface Environments Course Featured in Wired Magazine!
June 25th, 2019
Course directors Dr. Ben Easter and Dr. Allie Anderson were featured in a wired Magazine article describing our innovative educational techniques in the Utah Desert. Read the article here

 

Medicine in Space and Surface Environments Course Featured in CU Anshutz Today!
June 19th, 2019
The University of Colorado Office of Communications featured our engineering course it its news letter. The article discusses the innovative educational techniques of long form simulation and combining the medical and engineering mindsets. Read the article here

Faculty Member Dr. Allie Anderson Publishes Her Research in the Journal of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
June 1st, 2019
Her article on the application of computational modeling of biomechanics to predict the risk of injury to astronauts while working in a space suit;  Implications of Space Suit Injury Risk for Developing Computational Performance Models was published in the June edition of the Journal of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance.

 

Faculty Member Dana Levin Releases Latest Episode of the Exploration Medicine Podcast: Happy Gagarin Day!
April 12, 2019
The Exploration Medicine Podcast discusses the past present and future of caring for people in extreme conditions. The latest episode celebrates the anniversary of humanity’s first space traveller.

 

Faculty Present at NASA Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop
January 22, 2019
Aerospace Medicine Program Faculty Drs. Ben Easter, Rick Cole, Jay Lemery, and Dana Levin presented at the NASA Human Research Program meeting in Galveston, TX. Ben, Rick, and Jay discussed lessons learned for human spaceflight from the 2MARS project.

 

2MARS Program Featured by University of Colorado Medicine
October 23, 2018
University of Colorado Medicine highlighted our unique 2MARS simulation!
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NBC Nightly News visits us on Mars
July 28, 2018
Tammy Leitner and the NBC Nightly News crew try their hand at medicine on Mars.
See more here…

 

CU Faculty Present at the 2018 Aerospace Medical Association Meeting
May 10, 2018
Aerospace Medicine Program Faculty Drs. Dana Levin (far left) and Ben Easter (far right) presented at the 2018 Aerospace Medical Association Meeting in Dallas, TX. Dana and Ben discussed providing medical support for a new world record – the highest altitude regulation FIFA soccer game!
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Benjamin Easter, MD, MBA

Co-Founder of the CU Space and Extreme Environment Medicine Program

Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Deputy Element Scientist
NASA Exploration Medicine Capabilities Element

Dana Levin, MD, MPH

Co-Founder of the CU Space and Extreme Environment Medicine Program

Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine
Columbia University Vagelos School of Medicine

Systems Engineering and Integration Physician
NASA Exploration Medicine Capabilities Element

Allie Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering

University of Colorado – Boulder Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences

James Kurrle, MBBS, MS

Instructor and Aerospace Medicine Resident

Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine University of Notre Dames, Australia

Jay Lemery, MD, FACEP, FAWM

Section Chief, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine

Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Richard Cole, MD, MPH

Kbr-Wyle Operational Flight Surgeon

Space Medicine Operations Division
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Assistant Professor in Aerospace Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch

William K. Cornwell III, MD, FAHA

Assistant Professor of Medicine-Cardiology

University of Colorado School of Medicine

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