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Overview

  • Type: Conference
  • Date: -
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to ~4:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Virtual
  • Languages: English
  • Target audience: Scientists, healthcare professionals, innovators, entrepreneurs, remote and indigenous healthcare stakeholders, and policy makers from industry, government, and academia.
  • Spotlight speakers:
    • Lisa Campbell, President - Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
    • David Saint-Jacques, Canadian Astronaut - CSA
    • Jeremy Hansen, Canadian Astronaut - CSA
    • Isabelle Tremblay, Director of Astronauts, Life Sciences, and Space Medicine - CSA
    • Annie Martin, Portfolio Manager of Health Beyond – CSA
    • Robert Thirsk, Former Astronaut – CSA
    • Dr. David Naylor, Professor of Medicine - University of Toronto
    • Valerie Gideon, Associate Deputy Minister - Indigenous Services Canada
    • Dr. Michael F. Harrison, Flight surgeon - Axiom

Summary

The CSA's fourth annual space health event will share the bold vision for positioning Canada as the global leader of deep space healthcare. The Health Beyond Initiative and collaborators aim to leverage healthcare innovation for space exploration missions to the benefit of medically underserved populations on earth. Summit participants can engage in discussion, present their work, and hear about Health Beyond's ongoing activities and upcoming opportunities.

Detailed description

As international space exploration ambitions extend deeper into our solar system, preparations are underway to manage astronaut health throughout missions. People living in remote, northern, or indigenous communities often face common healthcare challenges to astronauts in space, such as limited access to healthcare professionals, specialists, and medical resources, as well as long travel times to fully-equipped hospitals. Long duration missions to farther destinations, like the Moon and Mars, introduce additional challenges that necessitate crew to reduce their dependence on mid-mission support from Earth. This calls for innovative medical technologies to increase crew's medical autonomy and capability.

CSA's Health Beyond Initiative is exploring and supporting Canadian contributions to a redefined astronaut healthcare delivery model for deep space exploration. Through this Initiative, CSA is working closely with interdisciplinary experts and stakeholders across the country, and collaborating with international partners. Together, we are identifying and developing innovative and sustainable health solutions for astronauts in the future that will also benefit Canadians here and now.

The 2022 Health Beyond Summit is an opportunity for CSA to provide an update on the Health Beyond Initiative, and share the strategic vision for how terrestrial and deep space healthcare challenges will be and are being tackled. Members of the research community, industry, government, healthcare system, and academia as well as remote and indigenous healthcare stakeholders are invited to actively participate in interdisciplinary discussions, present their work and perspective, and learn more about the healthcare opportunities that exist for space and Earth.

CSA is committed to fostering a diverse and equitable space health community and innovative ecosystem in Canada. We seek an inclusive event that enriches Canada's contribution to space health and encourage diverse and interdisciplinary participants to join us. This event will be presented in English but all questions can be asked in English or in French.

Objectives

The objectives of the Summit are as follows:

Daily themes

Each day of the Summit focusses on a different theme:

Day 1: Impact

The impact of Health Beyond and healthcare professionals on healthcare advancement for deep space and remote communities.

Day 2: Innovation

New frontiers in the healthcare innovation industry and the development, demonstration, and adoption of novel technologies for space and Canada.

Day 3: Involvement

Avenues of involvement in Health Beyond's bold vision, and the contribution of health science research to Canada's space health network.

Key dates

Summit's key dates
Opening date 2022 Milestone Closing date 2022
Summit registration
Call for Presentation proposals
End of Video-Presentation / e-Poster submission for selected proposals
Summit

Event overview

Theme: Impact

Schedule overview for November 29, 2022
Time (ET) Activity
10:00 a.m.

Summit opening

10:10 a.m.
Keynote talk
  • Canada's Place in the International Space Program
10:20 a.m.
Keynote talk
  • The Role of Healthcare in Deep Space Exploration Plans
10:35 a.m.
Presentation
  • The Advisory Council's Vision for Deep Space Healthcare
10:55 a.m.
Presentation
  • The Health Beyond Mission
  • Health Beyond's Vision for the Future: The Connected Care Medical Module
  • Live Q&A
12:00 p.m.

Lunch & networking

12:30 p.m.
Structured networking
  • Get to know others in the space health network!
12:45 p.m.
Presentation
  • Future of Healthcare in Canada in relation to deep space exploration plans
  • Live Q&A
1:25 p.m.
Panel
  • Deep Space Healthcare through the Eyes of Healthcare Professionals
  • Live Q&A
2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.
Presentation
  • CSA's Astronaut Health Topical Team
3:10 p.m.
Presentation
  • Potential Benefits of Healthcare Innovation to Indigenous Communities
  • Live Q&A
4:00 p.m.

Farewell

Theme : Innovation

Schedule overview for November 30, 2022
Time (ET) Activity
10:00 a.m.

Welcome

10:10 a.m.
Keynote talk
  • The Future of Canadian Innovation, Science and Economic Development
10:20 a.m.
Presentation
  • Deep Space Healthcare Challenge
10:30 a.m.
Showcase videos
  • Deep Space Healthcare Challenge Stage 1 winners
  • Live Q&A with the winners
11:40 a.m.
Presentation
  • Health Beyond Demonstration Project and Innovation Lab
  • Live Q&A
12:00 p.m.

Lunch & networking

12:30 p.m.
Interactive presentation
  • Impact of CSA Funding on Early Technology Development
1:25 p.m.
Panel
  • Changing the Narrative: Virtual healthcare in Indigenous communities
2:35 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.
Participant presentations
  • Perspective on Healthcare Delivery and Technological Innovation
    • Concurrent video live-stream with live Q&A and interactive e-poster session
4:00 p.m.

Farewell

Theme: Involvement

Schedule overview for
Time (ET) Activity
10:00 a.m.

Welcome

10:10 a.m.
Keynote talk
  • Expanding the Space Health Market
10:45 a.m.
Presentations (concurrent) )
  • Lessons learned from Health Beyond's Think Tanks
  • Network Community Engagement Strategy for a Pan-Canadian Innovation Ecosystem
  • Live Q&A
11:30 a.m.
Structured networking
  • Get to know others in the space health network!
11:45 a.m.

Lunch & networking

12:30 p.m.
Interactive booths session
  • Mechanisms for Space Health Innovation and Translating Research into Industry
1:35 p.m.
Presentations (concurrent)
  • Navigating and Applying for CSA Funding Opportunities
  • Students and Young Professionals Leap into the Field of Space Health
2:05 p.m.

Break

2:15 p.m.
Panel
  • Deep Space Healthcare through the Eyes of the Research Community
  • Live Q&A
3:20 p.m.
Keynote closing
  • How CSA and Health Beyond are inspiring the next generation
  • Live Q&A with the Health Beyond Team

In addition to this program, there will be continuous opportunities to network throughout the event.

Call for presentation proposals

The aim of the Participant Presentations is to facilitate communication between different groups in Canada's space health ecosystem. There will be two categories of participant presentations at the Summit: Healthcare delivery and Technological innovation (described in more detail below). Both Categories will include presentations in the following two formats: a live-stream of pre-recorded videos (~6 minutes each) with potential for live Q&A with presenters, and an interactive electronic poster ("e-poster") session.

We are accepting presentation proposals for both categories and both formats in the form of a summary (150-250 words) on what you intend to present, keeping in mind the discussion points identified under the categories. We will let you know whether your submission is accepted or not and for which format on a rolling basis until the deadline.

Presentation categories

  1. Healthcare delivery: Participants will present perspective on healthcare delivery particularly in rural, northern, or indigenous communities, or in extreme environments, such as space. This may include discussing: the synergies with space health, the implications of technological innovations on remote healthcare delivery, and potential ways to increase the benefits of future innovations in remote communities and space scenarios from a healthcare perspective.
  2. Technological innovation: Participants will present on the ideation, research, development and/or adoption of medical and health technology with (potential) application in remote communities and in space. This may include discussing: how to maximize innovation; how their technology assists the delivery of medical care (whether by remote practitioners, astronauts, flight surgeons, citizens, etc.); or pathways/considerations toward facilitating the integration of innovative solutions into communities (such as rural, northern, or indigenous communities). We welcome perspective on bridging part of the gap in understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Important dates

  • Proposal submission deadline:
  • Notice of acceptance/rejection deadline:
  • Video/e-Poster submission deadline:

Contact

Please direct any questions to santespatiale-spacehealth@asc-csa.gc.ca.

If you would like to receive event updates via email, please contact santespatiale-spacehealth@asc-csa.gc.ca and request to be added to CSA's space health mailing list.

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