Dr David A. Green
He is a Lecturer of Human & Aerospace Physiology and act as the coordinator of the Aerospace & Extreme Environment Adaptation Group within the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS).
His research is multi-disciplinary across a range of human physiological systems. Physiology is usually referred to as the processes that act to ensure bodily homeostasis. However, he is interested in the physiological responses and adaptation that occur both within, and between physiological systems in times of change. Particular interest is held in the physiological adaptations seen during exposure to extreme/hostile environments, with an eye to mechanistic elucidation, technological intervention development and terrestrial clinical application.
These interests, his research-led teaching and advocacy of UK engagement in Manned Space Flight with a view to terrestrial application of biomedical advances reflect his diverse scientific experiences.
Having obtained a PhD from the Centre for Exercise Neuroscience) within London South Bank University he undertook post-doctoral work with Profs Adolfo Bronstein and Michael Gresty at Imperial College London (Dept. Clinical Neuroscience). He then worked in South India for a year with the Family Planning Association India – Madurai, and Peoples Watch Tamil Nadu investigating medico-legal Human rights issues surrounding HIV care and torture.
After briefly returning to Imperial College London in 2007 he took up his current appointment at King’s, initially as a Cardiorespiratory physiologist, although his remit rapidly expanded to include Aerospace, and then Space Physiology. In 2009, he was a visiting scientist within the Crew Medical Support Office at the European Astronaut Centre (Cologne; Germany).
Extreme physiology 'from space to society'
My varied research interests stem both from a desire to derive mechanistic physiological knowledge, but also for the development and validation of interventions that can support, preserve or improve human performance in health and disease, and in hostile environments, on Earth and in Space.
ESA astronaut candidates
He is currently a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the (UK) Physiological Society and is an executive member of the UK Space Biomedical Association.
He is Programme Director of the MSc in Space Physiology & Health and the Intercalated BSc in Aerospace Physiology in addition to contributing to a range of human physiology teaching at King’s College London to a diverse range of students.
Dr Caroline Jolley (Clinical Research Fellow; Post-doc)
Ahsan Riza-Khan (PhD Student)
Shu-Chun Lee (PhD Student)
Dr Igor Fierens (Paediatric/Neonatal Registrar/Space MSc advisor)
Mr Chandrasekar Rathinam (Paediatric Physiotherapist; Visiting Researcher)
Rod & Disk Test
By investigating the ‘physiology of change’ one can learn much about homeostatic and compensatory mechanisms.
Physiological change can be provoked by exposure to:
Extreme/hostile or atypical environments
By investigating physiology at such times in a multi-disciplinary and multifunctional manner understanding can be both derived but also applied to other situation/conditions and translated to clinical application.
However, via extensive collaboration with leaders in their specific fields (including Crew Medical Support Office [of the European Space Agency], RAF’s Centre of Aviation Medicine, Imperial College London, London South Bank University, King’s College Hospital and the Microgravity Centre at PUCRS [Brazil] and by utilising some of the highly specialised or even unique facilities they possess, the possibilities for experimental innovation are greatly increased.
Sega Flight Simulator (at Imperial College London)
However, even when the question is extremely environmentally specific, all studies are conceived with a strong view to terrestrial application, be it basic science or clinically orientated. With this in mind we strive to be innovative in terms of the science but also in the development of novel therapies and interventions.
Effect of High Frequency respiratory muscle vibration in COPD (with Dr P. Sumners, Dr C Jolley & Dr G Rafferty - Guy’s, St. Thomas’s Trust funded)
‘Pain & breathing – a reflexive ‘vicious cycle’?’ (Mr A Riza-Khan - 4 year KCL PhD Scholarship)
Sneezing as a balance perturbation (University of London funded)
Development Co-ordination Disorder and motor control (with Prof D Newham and S-C Lee - PhD Student Scholarship funded)
Percutaneous stimulation of the sole as a means of muscle pump generation (with Dr P. Sumners)
Effects of hypobaric hypoxia upon psychomotor function (with Wg Cdr Nic Green, RAF funded)
Use of arms in balance preservation (with Prof. A. Bronstein)
Vestibular-visual conflict prediction of motion sickness
Interaction between visual function and the use of vision for spatial orientation
Relationship between Intra-occular pressure & Central Venous Pressure in microgravity (with Prof. T Russomano – funded by German Space Agency)
Evaluation of astronaut aerobic fitness during prolonged exposure to microgravity (with CMSO, ESA)
My group is swelled throughout the year by a range of undergraduate and postgraduate students. The group possesses numerous national & international collaborators:
King’s College London
Professor Steve Harridge
Professor Di Newham
Imperial College London
Professor Adolfo Bronstein
Professor Michael Gresty
University of Westminster
Professor John Golding
London South Bank University
Dr D Paul Sumners
Dr Katya Mileva
Professor Thais Russomano
RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine
Wing Commander Nic Green
King’s College Hospital
Dr Ged Rafferty
Crew Medical Support Office (European Astronaut Centre; Germany)
Dr Simon Evetts
If you would like to find out more about volunteering to take part in one of our studies, please contact David Green.
Publications: 2007 -
Dr David A. Green's publications (pdf, 242 KB)