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Astronaut launches space medicine lecture series

Published: December 4, 2008
Dave Williams
Dr. Dave Williams, director of the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics
Audio: Interview with Dr. Dave Williams
John Biggs Show, Talk 820 radio

Imagine coming down with the flu or needing surgery while in a remote environment.   Space, Exploration and Remote Care Medicine — a new seminar series at McMaster University, is exploring the history and challenges of providing medical care in various extreme conditions.

Canadian astronaut, Dr. Dave Williams, who joined McMaster earlier this year as the director of the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics, kicks off the series Tuesday, Dec. 9 with a free public lecture about the history of space medicine.

He will return again in May to speak about medical aspects of spacewalks — also known as extra-vehicular activity. The 11-part lecture series will be presented by experts who have been involved in exploration missions, and each session will allow time for questions and answers.

The lectures, presented by the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, are free. However, attendees need to RSVP to

The next lecture is scheduled for January 13, 2009. Dr. Gary Gray, a Canadian Space Agency consultant flight surgeon from Defence Research and Development Canada will talk about selection criteria the Canadian Space Agency uses for long duration missions.

Lectures are held in the Ewart Angus Centre of the McMaster Health Sciences Centre, room HSC-1A1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

For additional information about the program, call 905-522-1155, ext. 34399 or email

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