Advancing our knowledge of health on Earth and in space through clinical research
With a view to basing space research on robust scientific findings, developing links between space and health, opening up space research to a broad community of healthcare professionals and thus helping to generate benefits for space research, MEDES is taking a leading role in space and clinical research activities as a result of the creation of a clinical research centre : the Space Clinic
MEDES is involved in space and clinical research activities through its clinical research centre, the Space Clinic, with the strategic goals of building space research on solid research foundations, developing links between space and health, opening space research to a large community of health professionals and thus helping to develop benefits for space research.,
The assignments with which MEDES is tasked by space agencies include investigating the constraints of the space environment to better understand how the organism adapts to the space environment, preparing future space flights and developing preventive countermeasures. As it would be too difficult to carry out these studies in flight, experiments to simulate the effects of weightlessness are carried out on the ground. They are carried out in a unique clinical-research infrastructure, the Space Clinic.
MEDES also evaluates countermeasures (e.g. artificial gravity), draws up medical specifications and performs clinical evaluations of new devices.
Finally, MEDES supports medical research and is involved in this capacity in other types of clinical studies.
Weightlessness simulation studies
Evaluation of medical devices
Other clinical research activities
2023 - in progress
Study evaluating the effects of centrifugation and exercise to prevent the effets of weightlessness.
2020 - in progress
A technological demonstrator of an expert system to provide decision support for astronaut health.
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.
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.
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.
MEDES conducted a new study for ESA to simulate weightlessness, using the “Dry Immersion” model on an all-women group !
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.
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.
Clinical study designed to investigate the mechanisms of cardiovascular regulation in the standing position and the effects of mechanical plantar stimulation.
Clinical study on sleep deprivation
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.
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.
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