Ilaria Cinelli, PhD, FAsMA, FAsHFA, is a distinguished senior engineer with a remarkable background in biomedical engineering and space exploration. Her expertise spans various domains, including human factors, mission design, analogue missions, and space medicine. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, and holds a structured doctorate in neural engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway (Republic of Ireland). Ilaria's passion for space led her to complete the renowned International Space Studies program at TU Delft, Netherlands, and a postdoc in neuromodulation at Tufts University, USA...
Ilaria Cinelli, a passionate advocate of space medicine, will be speaking at the Foresight Institute’s Space Workshop ’23. In her presentation, she will provide an overview of space medicine, which involves caring for people in space. This field comprises two main branches: preventive medicine, which focuses on preventing health issues, and acute care, which deals with medical emergencies in space. On the International Space Station (ISS), any crew member can be the medical officer, but in deep space missions, a trained physician is required. Deep space missions face unique challenges such as distance from Earth and variable gravity. Innovation in space medicine is crucial for improving healthcare in space, but it must be adapted to the specific requirements of deep space missions. To fully understand the impact of space on human beings, it is necessary to consider the entire system and conduct tests that replicate the consequences experienced by humans. As the selection criteria for astronauts evolve, a greener pig system is needed to collect and analyze data, providing a comprehensive understanding of the human system in space. Safety in deep space exploration is a paramount concern for future space missions.