Professor Thais Russomano has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Human Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Telemedicine & eHealth, combined with multidisciplinary teaching at both undergraduate and graduate level.
She studied medicine at the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, specialising in internal and emergency medicine for a number of years. Thais completed a Masters Degree in Aerospace Medicine in 1991 at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA, followed by a PhD in Space Physiology at King's College London in 1998. She founded the Microgravity Centre (MicroG) in 1999 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, which she coordinated for 18 years until 2017, transforming it into a unique and internationally recognised reference centre of Latin America in the study of Human Space Physiology and Space Biomedical Engineering. She is a guest lecturer at Aalto University, Finland, in Space and Design, and Parrkirchen Institute of Technology, European Campus, Germany, contributing to the MSc in Medical Informatics. Thais is a member of the Mars One Advisory Board, International Relations Director for the UK-based Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office (HuSCO), and Director of two private companies linked to space life sciences and telehealth - InnovaSpace Consultancy (UK) and the International Space Medicine Consortium (USA).
She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Human and Applied Physiological Sciences (CHAPS), School of Basic & Medical Biosciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London, contributing to Aviation and Space related Courses, such as the MSc in Space Physiology and Health, for which she is Coordinator of the Space Library Project. In addition, she gives lectures on lung function in space, space analogues and telemedicine & eHealth, and acts as a supervisor and co-supervisor for MSc dissertations and PhD theses.
Research interests and projects
Three main areas:
- Space Life Sciences
- Space Biomedical Engineering
- Telemedicine and eHealth
Space Life Sciences is an umbrella that includes research in the areas of space physiology/medicine, pharmacy, biomechanics and physiotherapy. Several projects in these areas have taken place, for example, the growth of seeds/plants during hypergravity exposure, and a series of studies involving the application of extraterrestrial cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Together with her colleagues Dr. Simon Evetts and Lisa Evetts, Thais has developed a new CPR method for use in microgravity, called the Evetts-Russomano technique, which is internationally accepted as a method for performing CPR is Space.
In the area of Space Biomedical Engineering, Prof Russomano has coordinated the development and validation of aviation and space related equipment for use in a variety of aerospace studies. Projects have included the construction of LBNP and LBPP boxes, Barany’s chair, human-powered centrifuge, body suspension device and development of the Earlobe Arterialized Blood Collector.
Telemedicine is a fast emerging area of research and medicine and one in which Prof Russomano is actively involved. eHealth projects directed by her have involved the delivery of specialized care to remote areas, such as the Amazon Indian tribes, and in many medical fields, including dermatology, cardiology, deontology, nutrition, and pharmacy.
Thais is the holder of seven patents for products and processes related to Space Life Sciences and Aerospace Biomedical Engineering. She is a member of Academies, Associations and Societies, also acting as part of several scientific committees of them. Thais has published books, book chapter and several papers related to her areas of expertise.
A full list of publications can be found here.