When: Wed. February 10, 2016, 5 p.m.
Where: NELHA Gateway Center
Presenter: Dr. Peter Sim

Far Out! Medicine on Mars will provide an overview of the medical challenges associated with travel to and habitation on Mars. Among other issues, the problems created by microgravity, isolation, toxic dust exposure, and a lack of complex medical care will be discussed. A brief introduction to "sMars" (simulated Mars) and the current HI-SEAS Mission IV on Mauna Loa will also be provided.

Dr. Sim received his BA in Biology from Carleton College, and MD degree from the University of Virginia. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine, and licensed in Virginia, North Carolina and Hawai'i. He has had a life-long interest in space, and became interested in the medical challenges related to Mars by virtue of residing at Pu'u Wa'awa'a Ranch (where sMars and HI-SEAS Mission IV are monitored) for over 6 months last year.

After the presentation, we will have pupus, drinks, and conversation. We are informal and it is potluck, so please bring a pupu and non-alcoholic beverage to share. Reusable plates and cups are encouraged, as is taking home your own trash.

5:00-5:15 p.m. Gather and Networking
5:15-6:15 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
6:15-7:30 p.m. More Networking, pupus

More Information

2. Video of the presentation below. There were several technical difficulties, and this has been stitched together from a few individual videos.

3. Dr. Sheyna Gifford, the mission doctor for HI-SEAS IV, currently in the sMARS habitat on Mauna Loa, wrote this essay for Aeon describing her experiences so far.

4. Below is a video she created for a medical conference on Hawaii Island, answering questions submitted by the attendees: