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Space Medicine

Milestones

Founded in 2008, the Center for Space Medicine is rapidly evolving into a center for excellence for education and research for space-related biomedicine and its on-Earth application.

March 2008 - Jeffrey Sutton, M.D., Ph.D. presented a proposal for the creation of a Center for Space Medicine to Baylor College of Medicine's Academic Council.

May 2008 - Baylor's Board of Trustees approved the creation of CSM.

July 2008 - CSM began recruiting its initial membership, including Baylor faculty from multiple departments and centers.

March 2009 - “Introduction to Human Space Exploration and Medicine” was offered to first-year medical students.

May 2009 - CSM signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to jointly participate in translational biomedical research projects and activities relevant to space medicine and its applications on Earth.

October 2009 - “Topics in Human Space Exploration and Medicine” was offered to second-year medical students.

May 2010 - CSM establishes its Advisory Board.

September 2010 - CSM and its Baylor-led partner, NSBRI, joined Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), becoming part of the BRC's extensive network of scientists and educators throughout the world’s largest medical center and around the globe.

June 2011 - CSM moved into its new Consolidated Research Facility (CRF) at the BRC. The move co-locates NSBRI scientists, physicians and engineers with BCM faculty, students, residents, postdoctoral fellows and staff, leading to new collaborations, opportunities and mentoring.

February 2012 - CSM launches two new electives – “Space Medicine Journal Club” and “Research Opportunities in Space Medicine.”

March 2012 - CSM co-hosts the Official Opening of the Consolidated Research Facility (CRF) it shares with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).
April 2012 - CSM officially launches its Space Medicine Track, making Baylor the first institution in the world to offer a space medicine specialization for its medical students.

May 2012 – First medical student graduates with Space Medicine Track.

June 2012 – CSM faculty member Jon Clark, M.D. receives FAA research grant.

September 2012 – CSM signs MOU with Wyle Laboratories.

February 2013 – CSM Membership exceeds fifty members

May 2013 – CSM signs MOU with University College London Centre for Space Medicine.

May 2013 – Three medical students complete and graduate with Space Medicine Track recognition.