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Sleep-Wake and Circadian Challenges on Our Way to Mars

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

BIOMED Seminar

Sleep-Wake and Circadian Challenges on Our Way to Mars

Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc
Associate Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology
Psychiatry Unit for Experimental Psychiatry
Division of Sleep and Chronobiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

The timeframe of a manned mission to Mars is well beyond the duration astronauts and cosmonauts have remained confined in either a spacecraft or space analog environment. Long-duration exploration missions are characterized by high crew autonomy and prolonged periods of isolation and confinement. Behavioral health risks are among the most serious unmitigated risks of such missions, and there is a critical need to predict the time course, magnitude, and individual variability in behavioral and affective reactions of space explorers.

The presentation will focus on sleep, circadian rhythms and cognitive performance in 24 astronauts during 6-month International Space Station (ISS) missions, and on individual differences in behavioral and psychological reactions of a multinational, culturally diverse, all-male crew of 6 who were participating in the first ground-based, high-fidelity simulated 520-day mission to Mars.

Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, is Associate Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Basner received his degree in Medicine and his PhD in Research from the University of Bochum, Germany and Master of Science in Epidemiology degree from the University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Dr. Basner's primary research interests concern the effects of sleep loss on neurobehavioral and cognitive functions, population studies on sleep time and waking activities, the effects of traffic noise on sleep and recuperation, and the effects of long-duration space missions on behavior and cognition.

Dr. Basner is President of the International Commission of Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN). He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Sleep Research Society (SRS), and a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Basner is advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) concerning traffic noise effects on sleep.

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