NASA and NSBRI Present a Virtual Workshop: The Impact of Sex & Gender on Adaptation to Space

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NASA and NSBRI Present a Virtual Workshop:
The Impact of Sex & Gender on Adaptation to Space

June 25, 2013 | 2:00-3:30pm EDT 

In order to ensure the health and safety of male and female astronauts during long-duration space missions, it is imperative to examine and understand the physiological and psychological changes that occur during space flight. During this exciting virtual workshop, leading scientists and clinicians presented the results from a recent research review to examine these changes in the context of sex and gender.

Data from space and ground-based studies and observations on the impact of sex and gender-based health during spaceflight and terrestrial environments were analyzed by six work groups in the following areas: cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neuro-vestibular, reproductive, immunological and behavioral. Following brief presentations highlighting key findings by the co-chairs from these work groups, audience participants had the opportunity to ask questions.

The Institute of Medicine defines "sex" as the classification of male or female according to an individual's genetic make-up and "gender" refers to a person's self representation as male or female based upon social interactions. Both significantly influence health on Earth and in space and serve as a foundation for personalized medicine.

This review and virtual workshop provide findings and recommendations for research priorities which are critical for the success of present and future space missions.

Watch the workshop recording at: http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/p5wok9171zu/

Download the briefings presented at the workshop:


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