Dr. Jayashri Devi Sharma (India)

Co-Chair: Dr Jayashri Devi Sharma

Dr. Jayashri Devi Sharma MBBS, MD, Glider Pilot
Currently:  Superannuated/retired.  
Past appointments:
* Senior Scientific Officer at the Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences Ministry of Defense, India (1974-1975)
* Faculty– School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi ( 1975-2006)
* Occupational Physician– Public Health Directorate Ministry of Health, Bahrain ( 1983-85)

A personal statement
While at the Armed Forces Medical College Poona (India), (Cadet AFG 159), I could pursue gliding in the nearby Hadapsar Gliding Center. Post-Graduation followed without any lapse, with an MD in Medical Physiology, while raising a family.

Acquired a Scientific temper as a CSIR fellowship as an Research Fellow with Dr. V Jaganathana Professor of Biochemistry (from Stanford) at the National Chemical Laboratory at Poona and got a NASA fellowship in 1974 at the Walter Reed Army Research Institute (which I could not pursue due to family limitations).

The Union Public Service Commission selected me as a civilian Medical Scientific  Research Officer in 1974 for the Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences and was seconded to the Jawaharlal Nehru University to pursue and develop academic courses in Environmental Sciences including Environmental Medicine, with the then Dean Dr. Air Commodore. B Bhatia an IAF-trained Medical Officer to be a pilot. With changing circumstances I retained my interest and expertise to pursue Aviation and Aerospace Physiology through historical and its present day challenges. 

Co-Chair: Dr Rowena Christiansen

Dr Rowena Christiansen

MB BS, BA Hons, LLB, MEmergHealth, MBA, DCH, GradDipEd, GradDipDisasterMed, ACCAM, GradCertDisasterMed, GradCertSpaceStudies, AsFAsMA, ISU SH-SSP16

Dr Rowena Christiansen proud to be the founder of the ad astra vita space life sciences website and consultancy. She has had a lifelong passionate interest in astronomy and space exploration. Rowena has established this initiative in the context of the entrepreneurial emphasis of the new Australian Space Agency, and hopes that showcasing Australian capability in the space life sciences will raise awareness both locally and internationally, and lead to more linkages and partnerships. The small but diverse consultancy team offers a multi-dimensional capability to contribute to space life sciences projects, education and outreach.

Rowena herself has a diverse background. After a first career as as a lawyer, management consultant, and small business owner/operator, she qualified as a medical doctor, and works as a small group facilitator and assessor in the Melbourne Medical School, and as a pre-hospital emergency doctor and life support instructor. She is a Fellow of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. Rowena has undertaken post-graduate training in emergency medicine and critical care, women and children’s health, aviation medicine and space studies, disaster health, and emergency management. She pursues special interests in aerospace medicine, extreme environments and wilderness medicine, and is currently undertaking research related to expeditionary medicine and resuscitation science. 

In particular, Rowena is passionate about space medicine education, outreach, and research, and mentors medical students interested in space medicine. She was the Dux of the International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program in 2016, and is proud to be the recipient of the 2019-20 Aeromedical Society of Australasia Professional Development Scholarship, which will assist her attendance at the 2020 AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta.

Her voluntary memberships include the Space Life Sciences Committee of the Australasian Society for Aerospace Medicine and the Space Medicine Association. Rowena is a Director of the Mars Society Australia, Chair of the Australian Ski Patrol Association Medical Advisory Committee, a volunteer ski patroller, a member representative on the Australian Resuscitation Council, and inaugural Treasurer for the Australasian Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society.

Rowena is an amateur musician, chorister and percussionist, and time permitting, enjoys building space-themed LEGO pieces. She also enjoys photography and learning about languages and culture.

Deputy Chair: Dr Tovy Kamine

Dr Tony Kamine

Tovy Haber Kamine is a Trauma Surgeon in Portsmouth, NH, USA. He is board certified in General Surgery and Critical Care. He has been an Associate fellow of AsMA since 2012. Prior to being in the AFG he was an active member of AMSRO, as Parliamentarian from 2008-2009 and Vice President from 2009-2010. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and his Critical Care Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both in Boston. His professional and research interests include surgical education and training, aeromedical transport, and surgical physiology. His peer review activities include as a reviewer for the Journal of Surgical Research, and an abstract reviewer the AsMA annual meeting. He is an active private and instrument pilot and senior member of the civil air patrol.

I have participated in peer review activities both for the Journal of Surgical Research and for AsMA, and have a solid scientific background for clinical and physiological research. Now that I am an attending Trauma surgeon and out of training I would like to become more involved in AsMA and work my way towards fellowship, and I believe that the Scientific Program Committee is a place I could best use my abilities to help AsMA and the AFG.

Deputy Chair: Dr David Reyes

Dr David Reyes

USA, MD, MPH, MS, 2 years as an Associate Fellow

I currently work as a NASA flight surgeon and dive medical officer. I take care of crew members training in Star City and staff living in Moscow, Russia. I also care for astronauts and divers working at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. I am also one of the flight surgeons responsible for the medical observation during altitude/dive/vacuum chamber operations.

I am an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. I teach residents and medical students various aspects of aerospace medical research and operations during their rotations at NASA Johnson Space Center. I volunteer several times a month as an attending at the UTMB student run clinic.

I am interested in gaining leadership experience within the Aerospace Medical Association so that I may contribute to the advancement of the Associate Fellows and the organization as a whole, and also to progress on the path to Fellow status.

Deputy Chair: Dr Ilaria Cinelli

Dr Ilaria Cinelli

Ilaria Cinelli, Ph.D., is the 2019 President of the Aerospace Human Factors
Association. She has a bachelor degree in biomedical engineering and a masters degree in mechatronics and surgical robotics from the University of Pisa (Italy). While earning her masters, she worked as a research assistant at King’s College London (UK) for 2 years. Ilaria has a 4-year structured Ph.D. in neural engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway (Republic of Ireland). In 2018, she completed the Space Studies Program of the International Space University at TU Delft (The Netherlands), and is now a postdoctoral scholar at Tufts Universit (United States) working in collaboration with the Centre of Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

In 2015, Dr. Cinelli completed the Commercial Space Executive Leadership
Training and the Intensive Training-Astronaut Training to Weightlessness. Since 2015, she has conducted five analogue missions at the Mars Desert Research Station with the role of Commander, and others under the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Mars Academy USA. The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) nominated her finalist of
the AsMA JM Space Medicine Association Young Investigator Award 2013, and the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch (LSBEB) presented her with the Research and Development Innovation Award and Certificate in 2014. In 2018, she became an Associate Fellow of AsMA and was elected
President-Elect of the Aerospace Human Factors Association and Member-at-Large of the LSBEB.

Dr. Cinelli was the recipient of the many scholarships including: the 60th British Applied Mathematics Colloquium bursary from the University of St. Andrews (UK) in 2018; the Anita Mantri Scholarship 2018 of AsMA; multiple Emerging Space Leaders Scholarships of The Mars Society; the best IEEE EMB talks in modelling in 2018; and the ESA scholarship 2018. Her additional achievements include: being selected as SGAC delegate of the 35th Space Symposium; being invited to join the Steering Committee of the Mars Society; being presenter of the Lunar Night Survival Project at the NASA HQ in 2018; and being a finalist of the European candidate of the AdCOM elections of IEEE EMB 2017. She has been an invited speaker at many conferences including: the IEEE EMBC EMBS 2017 and 2018; University of Southampton; University of Porto; University of Pisa; TEDx Padova; International Space Medicine Bellagio Summit II; the ESA Moon-Mars workshop; and the MIT New Space Age conference. She has been featured on HBO, on French TV, in the Irish Times, by Engineers Ireland, on Rai TV, in La Repubblica and Le Monde, and in the IEEE Pulse, among others.