Seminar - Sleep in Space: the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and Beyond

3 July 2012

Presenter: Dr Laura K Barger, Harvard Medical School

Laura K. Barger, Ph.D. is an Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physiologist in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is a founding member of the Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety Group. Her research has focused on the health and safety risks associated with the work hours of various occupational groups, including medical residents, police officers, firefighters, flight controllers and federal air marshals. She has directed NASA-sponsored research projects examining the sleep of astronauts on Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions as well as the sleep of scientists and engineers living on the Mars sol (24.6 hr days) in support of the Mars Phoenix Lander.

Dr. Barger received her undergraduate training at Michigan State University. She received an M.S. in Exercise Physiology at California State University, Sacramento, a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of California, Davis and an M.M.Sc. in Clinical Science from Harvard Medical School.

Additionally, Dr. Barger is a retired Lieutenant Colonel having spent 20 years in the United States Air Force Reserve with over 10 years of operational aviation experience as a navigator on the KC-135 Stratotanker. Her last assignment was at Headquarters Air Combat Command (ACC) where she was responsible for development and analysis of fatigue countermeasures for ACC pilots.

Hosted by the Woolwock Institute of Medical Research

Time: 8.45am

Location: Education Centre Theatre 1, Level 5, Woolcock Institute, 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037

Contact: Dr Andrew Vakulin

Phone: 02 9114 0443