The Future of Aerospace Medicine

They presented revolutionary solutions in the area of aerospace medicine The Future of Aerospace Medicine

Two hundred guests from 30 countries were hosted at an international conference on aerospace medicine At an international conference on aerospace medicine that was hosted in Jerusalem last week, 200 guests from 30 countries from all around the globe were hosted. Together, they toured IDF medical units, discussed research they have been conducting recently and even presented revolutionary solutions in the area of aerospace medicine

Shir Golan with the assistance of Dr. Moshe Porat

The International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine was held last week in Jerusalem in the presence of Chief Medical Officer, Brigadier General Prof. Yitzhak Kreis, Head of Human Resources, Brigadier General Ilan Boger, Chief Medical Officer of the IAF, Colonel Erez Carmon and a physician from the Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Yossef Factor. The conference brought around 200 doctors and military and civilian pilots from 30 countries. During the conference, the medical units from around the world presented revolutionary research conducted in the field of aerospace medicine. They also toured the Evacuation and Rescue Unit (699), the army medical school and additional medical units on different IDF bases. “Aerospace medicine is very important”, said a Chief Medical Officer. “The IDF recognizes the need for special medical treatment for the aerial teams, because of the challenging aerospace environment that pushes the human body to its limits”.

At the conference, the guests dealt with a variety of topics such as a proper work environment, operators of unmanned aerial vehicles, and the consequences of operator fatigue on performance, and future plans for commercial space flights. An innovated system that monitors the physiological function of aerial team members in high G-force at the moment of truth was also presented. The system is capable of identifying unconsciousness due to high G-force, and with the discovery, autopilot will be automatically activated until the pilot recovers and he returns to his job. The additional control system is designed for operators of unmanned aerial vehicle, and it allows for control of the vehicle through sensors mounted on the operator’s head without his intervention.

Among the presenters were also representatives of aerial medical units of the IAF. Among the research presented was research on the topic of hearing within the aerial teams, which found that there is no difference in hearing impairment among different flight systems because the main cause of hearing loss is a natural cause, the aging of pilots. Additional research investigated the effects of exercise on cardiac indices in candidates for the aviation course and found differences that might affect the soldiers looking to matriculate into the course during the sorting process in the future.