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10/2018: Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study 2019

The NASA/ESA/DLR collaborative bed rest study got a “mission patch”! Find out more about the study HERE. I will be involved as a Co-I with experiments on neuromuscular interaction.


10/2018: Space Medicine article published 

The German journal for medical students published an article I wrote on Space Medicine and how to become a space physician.


9/2018: Field study at the World Master Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain

More than 8100 athletes between 35 and 102 years of age participated in the World Master Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. I was there for experiments in biomechanics and thermoregulation, funded by the START program of the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University.

Infrared camera analysis of a running athlete


8/2018: Paper published showing differences in performance declines with age for athletics disciplines

Our new paper appeared in the journal Frontiers in Physiology. Rates of decline in sports-performance with age differ between disciplines and genders.


7/2018: German Research Foundation fellowship grant received

The German Research Foundation “DFG” granted me a 2-year research fellowship to perform musculoskeletal experiments in a 60-day bedrest study in cooperation with ESA and NASA. (Project description here)


6/2018: “Medical challenges on space missions”

Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the German journal for medical doctors, published my article on medical challenges on space missions. Read it HERE!


5/2018: HealthTV talkshow

German HealthTV invited me to discuss health topics in their new talkshow “Besprechstunde”. We filmed the first two episodes in “Unkelbach” pub in Cologne.

Talkshow “Besprechstunde” in a Cologne pub with Ursel Schievenbusch, Manfred Spitzer and Ingo Froböse


03/2018: Second place at German winter throwing championships

I got second in the javelin throw F35 at the German winter throwing championships in Erfurt. Results here!


01/2018: Book tour

Urs and I are on tour with our new book. Find tour dates, photos and media reports on our book-website www.raumfahrerhandbuch.de/lesungen-termine/!


12/2017: DLR Human Physiology Workshop

I participated in the Human Physiology Workshop at German Aerospace Center (DLR) and presented a new study related to musculoskeletal ageing.
Find the abstracts HERE.


11/2017: Paper published in PLOS ONE

See our new paper on microcirculation in thoracolumbar fractures HERE!


11/2017: Book published

Our “Handbook for future Astronauts” is now officially published! Check for example the Springer website or Amazon. An interview of us was printed by the newspaper Mainpost on November 11, 2017.

The dates of our “tour” of book presentations can be found HERE.


10/2017: German Congress of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery

Find the abstract of the talk I gave at DKOU 2017 in Berlin HERE.


10/2017: German champion in standing long jump and greek discus triathlon

At the German championships in old greek track and field disciplines (“LSW special sport“), I became german champion in standing long jump and greek discus triathlon in my age group. Cool thing to try out!


08/2017: Research stay at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston

I just spent a week in Houston for research – impressive! Had the honour to give a WISE lecture with the title: “Space Medicine – What We Might Have to Deal with on the Way to Mars.” and met a ton of interesting people. Here are some photos:

Columbus Module, ISS

Trying to fly the Space Shuttle

The ISS with gravity

 


08/2017: Fifth place at EMACS 2017

In Aarhus, Denmark, I participated in the European Master Athletic Championships and became fifth in Throws Pentathlon! What a great experience! It was particularly fascinating to see fit athletes 80 years and older participate in sports! Get out of your chair and on the track!


07/2017: Paper on IVDs in bedrest accepted

The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions (JMNI) accepted our new paper on intervertebral discs in bedrest. See the pdf here!


06/2017: European Master Athletics Championships, Aarhus 2017

I will participate in the European Master Athletics Championships in Aarhus on August 5th, representing Germany in Throws Pentathlon in national colours. How exciting is that!


05/2017: Manual for Future Astronauts can now be pre-ordered!

The new book can now be ordered online, for example here on the Springer website! Currently the release date is August 2017.


03/2017: Meeting John Charles in Paris

John Charles is Chief Scientist of the NASA Human Research Program. We figured out how to take a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower.


02/2017: ESA/NASA bed-rest meeting: kick-off at DLR in Cologne

The kick-off meeting for the ESA/NASA bed-rest study was a great success! The study will test human centrifugation as a countermeasure for long-term missions, for example to Mars. We met the other research teams and dicussed organisational issues in a teleconference with NASA. The study is scheduled for 2018.


12/2016: Astronaut candidate

Germany is searching for its first female astronaut. I applied and had the honour to participate in the selection process and tests including detailed testing at DLR in Hamburg. I made it under the best 86 applicants and met the most fascinating women ever! On March 1st two finalists will be presented to the public and start their training. One of them will hopefully get the opportunity to fly!

My official Astronaut Candidate portrait. Photo: Juliana Socher


11/2016: Bed-rest proposal accepted by ESA/NASA!

Together with five international colleagues, I submitted a proposal on muscle strength and neuromuscular interaction to a call for a bed-rest study released by ESA and NASA. The proposal was now accepted and we are looking forward to the kickoff-meeting in :envihab in Cologne in February! ESA and NASA are collaborating in this 60-days study that will investigate the use of human short arm centrifugation in space flight. 24 healthy volunteers will lay down for 60 days in 6° head-down tilt, and we will take muscle biopsies, measure muscle strength and analyze blood samples for relevant hormones and breakdown products to evaluate the effects of centrifugation on the neuromuscular system. My team consists of scientists from the UK, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany. Find more information on ESA bedrest studies here.


11/2016: Keynote Lecture at British Trauma Society

What a great honour to be invited to give a keynote lecture at the British Trauma Society Annual Meeting in Birmingham! Title: Bones and Injuries in Space Flight. A great experience, lovely people, wonderful meeting!

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