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SPACE FOR HEALTH

MEDES – Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology

For nearly 35 years, MEDES has sought to maintain and develop French know-how in space medicine and physiology and to promote the applications of space research for healthcare.

 

SPACE FOR HEALTH

MEDES – Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology

For nearly 35 years, MEDES has sought to maintain and develop French know-how in space medicine and physiology and to promote the applications of space research for healthcare.

SPACE FOR HEALTH

MEDES – Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology

For nearly 35 years, MEDES has sought to maintain and develop French know-how in space medicine and physiology and to promote the applications of space research for healthcare.

Support for space missions

Closer to man in space!
Medes supports space missions, developing and validating prevention methods and innovative technologies to protect astronauts’ health.

Clinical research

MEDES uses its know-how, skills and state-of-the-art technical facilities to carry out medical experiments in space and clinical trials in its unique research infrastructure, the space clinic.

Applications and innovations

As a laboratory for innovation and project incubation, MEDES has been working for over 25 years to accelerate health applications and innovations using space, to improve health for everyone, everywhere.

Microgravity experiments followed by our team

Healthcare innovation projects supported by our teams

Volunteers who took part in clinical studies

Clinical studies supervised by the Space Clinic

Our projects

2023 - in progress

Study evaluating the effects of centrifugation and exercise to prevent the effets of weightlessness.

2020 - in progress

The ICOPE programme aims to preserve the capacities of the elderly by identifying early signs of frailty and offering solutions to address them. The intention is that by taking charge of their health, all seniors can preserve their independence for longer and delay becoming dependent.

2020 - in progress

A technological demonstrator of an expert system to provide decision support for astronaut health.

2017 - in progress

Everywear is a software solution for medical and nutritional monitoring of astronauts, in the form of a touch-sensitive tablet coupled to a set of biomedical sensors.

2017 - in progress

MEDES manages financial counterparties on behalf of several university hospitals.

- in progress

Development and evaluation of a Novel Mobile Lower Body Negative Pressure Device for Orthostatic Training in Microgravity

- in progress

Stimulation of commercial activities in Low Earth Orbit in the field of life sciences

2021

MEDES has carried out a new ground-based study to simulate weightlessness. 20 volunteers took part in this long-term study, which was carried out in 2 phases: an initial campaign with 10 volunteers from January to April 2017 and a second campaign from September to December 2017.

2019-2021

The aim of the TiChron project was to develop tools to improve the overall management of children with chronic diseases.

2021

The “Medium duration Nutrition and vibration eXercise” (MNX) study was part of a research programme being conducted under the leadership of the French and European space agencies.

2021

In 2016, Thomas Pesquet made his first space flight with the Proxima mission. In the spring of 2021, it will fly again on a new 6-month mission, called Alpha.

2021

Spagyria is a cross-border cooperation project which, through a network of specialised employment centres and research centres, aims to extend the growing of aromatic plants and their processing in the laboratory, as well as research into innovative processes through fully sustainable technologies for the development of natural cosmetic products.

2021

MEDES conducted a new study for ESA to simulate weightlessness, using the “Dry Immersion” model on an all-women group !

2019

In the first half of 2019, 20 volunteers took part in a new study to simulate weightlessness using an original model, dry immersion. This model simulates the effects of weightlessness on the human body on the ground and is used to test a new preventive method designed to minimise the negative effects of weightlessness on the human body.

2014-2018

Prevention and management of high threat pathogens Incidents in Transport Hubs

2016

MEDES conducted a study on behalf of ESA to test a new countermeasure (preventive method) to ensure the health of astronauts : the WECARE device.

2016

Proxima is the name of the mission to be carried out by the astronaut Thomas Pesquet. After his initial selection in 2009, and several long years of training, Thomas will set off on his first mission from Baikonur on 15 November 2016. The mission is scheduled to last 6 months.

2015

MEDES has conducted a clinical study on behalf of CNES. The objective was to study a ground simulation model called “dry immersion” concerning the effects of weightlessness.

2013-2014

TEMIS offers effective solutions to measure and assess them thanks to the use of simple technology. The solutions generate health indicators making it possible to provide a more personal form of medicine to each individual.

2013

Clinical study designed to investigate the mechanisms of cardiovascular regulation in the standing position and the effects of mechanical plantar stimulation.

2011-2013

The BIOSMHARS project (BIOcontamination Specific Modelling in HAbitats Related to Space) is a research project aimed at developing a model for controlling biocontamination in closed environments.

2012

Evaluation of an ultrasonic tonometer measuring carotid and femoral artery parameters.

2011

Clinical study on sleep deprivation

2008-2010

MEDES carried out two studies, in 2007-2008 and then in 2010, on the effects of taking a therapeutic drug referred to as “Medico-Médicament” and then cannabis, referred to as “Medico-Cannabis”, on driving performance and behaviour.

2010

In 2009-2010, MEDES carried out a bed rest study aimed at evaluating artificial gravity, created by a short arm centrifuge, to prevent the effects of weightlessness, simulated by anti-orthostatic bed rest.

2009

An innovative project to improve diabetes care

2007

Etude de l'efficacité d'un pantalon thermorégulateur chez des femmes présentant une insuffisance veineuse légère.

2003

This study was conducted by MEDES on behalf of ESA and CNES in 2003. Its goal was to study and assess the influence of the composition of crews (in manned spaceflight) on risk perception and risk taking under conditions of hypnic and chronobiological stress.

2000

MEDES supported the creation and now maintains a telemedicine service designed to improve access to healthcare in French Guyana.

Nos projets

2023 - in progress

Study evaluating the effects of centrifugation and exercise to prevent the effets of weightlessness.

2020 - in progress

The ICOPE programme aims to preserve the capacities of the elderly by identifying early signs of frailty and offering solutions to address them. The intention is that by taking charge of their health, all seniors can preserve their independence for longer and delay becoming dependent.

2020 - in progress

A technological demonstrator of an expert system to provide decision support for astronaut health.

2017 - in progress

Everywear is a software solution for medical and nutritional monitoring of astronauts, in the form of a touch-sensitive tablet coupled to a set of biomedical sensors.

- in progress

Development and evaluation of a Novel Mobile Lower Body Negative Pressure Device for Orthostatic Training in Microgravity

- in progress

Stimulation of commercial activities in Low Earth Orbit in the field of life sciences

2021

MEDES conducted a new study for ESA to simulate weightlessness, using the “Dry Immersion” model on an all-women group !

Site clinique

Space Clinic

A reference in space and medical clinical research, the Space Clinic can support you at every stage of your project.

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Exploration support for space agencies, clinical research activities, space applications and health innovations… MEDES is a reference institute for space medicine and physiology.

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Journée Espace et Sport

Journée Espace et Sport

26 mai 2024 Nous sommes ravis d'avoir pris part à la journée inédite organisée à la Cité de l'espace le 26 mai dernier sous le signe de l’espace et du sport. L'occasion de montrer les similitudes qui existent entre le milieu du sport et le milieu du spatial, notamment...

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Our offers

Collecte de données

Space and health software application

Déploiement d'unités médicales mobiles

Support for space exploration projects

Accompagnement de projets de recherche clinique

Support for clinical research projects

Accompagnement de projets de télésanté ou de surveillance épidémiologique

Support for innovation projects