Thais 140 x 140Thais Russomano is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the International Space Medicine Consortium, in a role providing leadership, direction and planning for a wide variety of projects and researches related to mankind in the space environment. Thais cultivates, facilitates and coordinates professional relationships and collaborations with partner researchers and institutions in line with the ISMC mission to develop new technologies and processes leading to the support and sustainability of human life in extreme terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments.

Thais has more than twenty years of experience in the field of Space Life Sciences with a strong academic and research background. She single-handedly founded the Microgravity Centre in Brazil, a unique and internationally recognized reference center in Latin America in the study of Human Space Physiology and Space Biomedical Engineering, now boasting eight laboratories focused in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Human Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Telemedicine & eHealth.

A medical doctor specializing in internal and emergency medicine, Thais completed her Master’s Degree in Aerospace Medicine at Wright State University, Ohio, USA in 1991 and subsequently, a PhD in Space Physiology at King’s College London, UK in 1998. Thais has been involved for a number of years in research projects in partnership with the German Space Agency (DLR), where she acts as a guest scientist. She has participated in two European Space Agency (ESA) sponsored parabolic flight campaigns in Bordeaux, France, researching a new technique for administering extra-terrestrial CPR, and testing a medical device (Earlobe Arterialised Blood Collector – EABC) for the collection of arterialized blood in space. 

Thais is an active participant in the international scientific community, being an elected Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, among others. She continues to contribute to international working groups in the field of manned space flight, most recently as a part of the International Space Committee’s ISO Space Systems – Man-Life Activity Support Systems and Equipment Integration in Space Flight, and the IAA, Medical Safety Guidelines for Space Crews Involved in Short-Duration Commercial Orbital Flight Operations.

Thais is the holder of seven patents for products and processes related to Space Life Sciences and Aerospace Biomedical Engineering.