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Our projects

Since its founding, MEDES has been involved in many different projects, for space agencies, manufacturers, institutional or academic players and start-ups. 

You can find the historical projects of MEDES, in alphabetical order in our project library or below for the most recent ventures.

BRACE bed rest study (2023-2024)

2023 - in progress

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

ICOPE App – Healthy Aging

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.

Physiotool physiology module

2020 - in progress

The aim of the project is to carry out a feasibility study for defining new physiology instrumentation to be carried on the Columbus module of the ISS.

CHIMS Project

2020 - in progress

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

Echofinder – Autonomous ultrasound scanner

2019 - in progress

Assisting in the production of ultrasound images in complete autonomy and without medical expertise

Everywear app

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.

Financial counterparties

2017 - in progress

MEDES manages financial counterparties on behalf of several university hospitals.

LBNP Project – Space countermeasure

- in progress

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

BSGN LifeScience Industry Accelerator

- in progress

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

Bed rest study “Cocktail” (2017)

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.

Project Tichron

2019-2021

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

MNX bed rest study (2012-2013)

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.

Mission Alpha Support

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.

Spagyria study (2018)

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.

Female dry immersion study – 2021

2021

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

2019 dry immersion study

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.

Pandhub Project

2014-2018

Prevention and management of high threat pathogens Incidents in Transport Hubs

Wecare dry immersion study (2016)

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.

Mission Proxima Support

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.

“Dry immersion” study

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.

Temis Project

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.

Orthoboots study

2013

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

BIOSMHARS project

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.

CPMM study (2012)

2012

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

Pharmacog study (2011)

2011

Clinical study on sleep deprivation

Vigilance at the wheel study (2007-2010)

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.

Bed rest study “Centrifuge” (2010)

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.

Diabsat: diabetology by satellite

2009

An innovative project to improve diabetes care

Smart fabric study (2007)

2007

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

Confinement study

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.

French Guiana telemedicine network

2000

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