The recipient of the Space Medicine Association 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award was Dr. Charles A. Berry.
Dr. Berry graduated from the University of California at Berkley with a BA (1945) and then an MD (1947). He then did a rotating internship at the University of California at San Francisco (1948). He was a family practitioner in Indio, California for three years and then was chosen as one of the first twenty-five aeromedical residents in the charter Air Force Aeromedical Residency Program at Randolph AFB which he finished in 1952. He was an Air Force Flight Surgeon in Panama (1952-1955) and then returned to Randolph AFB School of Aerospace Medicine as the Deputy Chief and then the Chief of Aviation Medicine (1956-1959). He was then the Chief of Flight Medicine at the Surgeon General’s Office in Washington, DC from 1959 to 1962.
Dr. Berry was a member of the Mercury Astronaut Selection Committee, choosing the first seven Mercury Program astronauts in 1959, and was a Project Mercury Aeromedical Monitor. He became the Chief of Medical Operations at NASA JSC in 1962 and later was the Director of Medical Research and Operations and then the Director of Life Sciences. He left NASA in 1974 to become the President of the University of Texas Health Science center in Houston.
Dr. Berry is remembered for several outstanding accomplishments in the area of space medicine. He balanced the concerns regarding the lack of research data for spaceflight operations for the Mercury and Gemini Programs which potentially would have delayed the space program.
He was instrumental in the medical management of the first long duration Gemini flights (4, 8, 14 days). He confronted the medical issues for the first Gemini EVAs. He was faced with understanding the first appearance of Space Motion Sickness during the early Apollo flights. He established a pre-flight quarantine program for Apollo. He managed the medical issues for the first Apollo Lunar EVAs. He established the Apollo post-Lunar quarantine program. He dealt with the myriad Apollo 13 medical issues. Dr. Berry was heavily involved with the medical, research, and countermeasure issues during the first truly long duration spaceflights of Skylab (1, 2, 3 months).
The recipient of the President’s Award is Genie Bopp for her years of dedicated service to the organization in promoting educational goals, ensuring that our focus remained on encouraging students to pursue careers in space medicine, and recruiting new members.
The extremely strong financial position of the organization is due to her efforts over several years of eliciting donations and establishing our funds within the Aerospace medicine Foundation.
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The 2016 Space Medicine Association Journal Award was presented to Mathias Basner, MD PhD MSc, as the lead author of "Development and Validation of the Cognition Test Battery for Spaceflight" published in the Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance Journal in Nov 2015. Dr. Basner is an Associate Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania. The journal citation is: Basner M, Savitt A, Moore TM, Port AM, McGuire S, Ecker AJ, Nasrini J, Mollicone DJ, Mott CM, McCann T, Dinges DF, Gur RC. Development and validation of the Cognition test battery for spaceflight. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2015; 86(11): 942 – 952.
The Space Medicine Association Jeff Myers Young Investigators Award is a competition intended for those making their first major efforts into Aerospace Medicine Research. The winner of the award is Lt.Col. Eric Chumbley, M.D. His paper is entitled “The Use of Home Cervical Traction to Reduce Neck Pain in Fighter Pilots”.
As an Air Force Flight Surgeon, Eric noted the problem of chronic neck pain occurring with high frequently in fighter pilots and explored this further as a research project looking for an operational solution while pursuing his Post-graduate degree at the Wright State University Aerospace Medicine program. Now an Air Force Aerospace Medicine resident, he looks forward to further application of this technique. We have noted that low back pain among Astronauts has been a concern for some time, but as we expand the envelope of space exploration into the civilian sector with multiple spacecraft designs and varying G load profiles, we can expect to see an increase in neck pain as well and Dr. Chumbley’s application will prove useful.
The Space Medicine Association Jeffrey R. Davis Scholarship was established 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. This year’s scholarship is presented to Michael Lapelusa. Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2015.
Michael has worked at NASA Johnson Space Center for the past several years, first as an intern with the Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health program, where he helped define the occurrence of cerebrovascular accidents in the NASA astronaut population and developed a software tool to modify radiologic images. This past year, Michael has worked in the Microbiology Laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center. His work involved characterizing the dose response profile of modeled microgravity-cultured Staphylococcus aureus to the human antimicrobial peptide LL-37.
The recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award was Dr. Stanley R. Mohler (1927-2014). Dr. Mohler was the Director of the FAA Civil Aeromedical Research Institute (1961-1965), the Director of the FAA Aeromedical Applications Division (1965-1978), and the Founder and Director of the Wright State University Aerospace Medical Residency Program (1978-2004). He published over 300 articles and made enormous contributions in Aviation and space medical standards, Accident investigation, Pilot protective equipment, and Pilot aging and stress. He has previously received several of the highest awards given by AsMA, including the Boothby, Mosely, Lyster, Bauer, Magvingt, and Presidents Citation. He also received the Space Medicine Association’s Strughold Award and the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons’ Presidents Award. Above all, he was a friend and mentor to most of the individual members of the Space Medicine Association.
The recipient of the 2015 Jeffrey P. Sutton Scientific Achievement Award is Anatoly Ivanovich Grigoriev, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sci. Dr. Grigoriev is the Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow. He has held these positions since 2008. From 1988 to 2008, he was the Director of IBMP. Academician Grigoriev is one of the founders of gravitational physiology, and has made significant contributions to our understanding of fluid and electrolyte regulation, orthostatic instability, adaptation, deconditioning, and countermeasures associated with human space flight. His life-long scientific work has had seminal impact in resolving both fundamental and applied problems in space biology and medicine. He has served as the chief medical specialist of the Russian Space Agency and has received numerous national and international accolades and honors for his scientific work.
Dujuan Sevillian was the winner of the 2015 Young Investigators Award. The winner of the 2015 SMA JM YIA is Dujuan Sevillian . His paper is entitled ”Flight Deck Engineering: the Impact of flight Deck Crew Alerting and Information Systems on English as a Second Language Flight Crew Performance.”. As a pilot himself, he understood their perspective and was able to convince them that he had their best interest at heart – a universal Flight Surgeon’s principle. The paper underscores the importance of addressing differences in language and nationality between the potential flight crews during the design of the flight deck and in training of these crews. Growing up in Atlanta, Dujuan became interested in Aviation while studying Physics in high school. Motivated by his dreams to someday work in the Aerospace industry, he earned his bachelors and masters degrees at Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, also earning his private pilot’s license, while working 2 jobs to support himself. He now works full time at Boeing while working full time toward his PhD in Human Factors at Cranfield University in Seattle. He is living the Dream!
Anita received her Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science from Rice University and is currently enrolled in an MD/PhD program in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University. Anita has received a Mentored Space Life Science Research grant from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and is currently studying the modulation of bone response to exercise and disuse by stimulated oral contraceptive use in a rodent model. Anita is also an active member of AsMA, serving currently as President of AMSRO, the aerospace medicine student & resident organization.
The 2015 Jeffrey R. Davis Scholarship was presented to Dr. Natacha Chough. Dr. Chough received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with Honors from the University of Washington and an M.D from the University of Michigan. She later completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University, and is completing her aerospace medicine residency training at UTMB next month. Her performance during residency training has been outstanding. Dr. Chough’s awards during her residency include the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons Outstanding Student award, the William K. Douglas Scholarship and TWO RAM Bowl championships. Natacha has an avid interest in International and Wilderness medicine and is a Fellow of the Academy of Wildness Medicine.
The winner of the 2014 Wyle Scholarship is James Pattarini. He received his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his MPH degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is currently an Internal Medicine/Aerospace Medicine resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has published research papers on a variety of physiology problems related to the Red Bull Stratos Free Fall Project and Commercial Spaceflight.
The winner of the 2014 Jeffrey R. Davis Scholarship is Nevine Mahmoud. She received her M.D. from Cairo University in Egypt, has completed residencies in Pediatrics and Family Medicine and is now graduating from the Wright State University Aerospace Medicine Residency program. She presented research at the meeting on robotic neuro-prosthesis for pilot amputees. The Space Medicine Association Scholarship sponsored by Jeffrey R. Davis is awarded each year to a college, medical school, residency, or fellowship student. The purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage students who have demonstrated academic achievement and shown an interest in Space Biology and Medical Operations to further pursue a career in Space Medicine.
Rob Mulcahy is the winner of the 2014 Young Investigators Award with his excellent presentation given at this meeting, “Subject Anxiety and Psychological Considerations for Centrifuge-Simulated Suborbital Spaceflight”.