Co-Founder & CEO, InnovaSpace UK
Prof. Thais Russomano graduated in medicine from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil (1985), working in internal & emergency medicine until 2005. She has an MSc in Aerospace Medicine - Wright State University, USA (1991), and PhD in Space Physiology - King's College London (1998). For 3 years she was a Space Scientist at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Cologne, Germany, before founding/coordinating the Microgravity Centre, PUCRS, Brazil, for 18 years. Thais has been linked to King's College London in different academic positions since 1994, having acted at CHAPS, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London, as Deputy Course Director/Senior Lecturer of the Space Physiology & Health MSc degree course (2009-2020). She is currently a visiting professor at Aalto University, Finland in Space & Design; Deggendorf Institute of Technology, European Campus, Germany, at the MSc in Medical Informatics; UFCSPA in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in Human Physiology in Extreme Environments & Digital Health; Carol Davila University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania in Space Medicine; and Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon in Space Physiology & Aviation Medicine (CEMA). She is Co-founder/CEO of InnovaSpace Ltd, UK. Thais has 30+ years of experience teaching and researching in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Space Physiology, Aerospace Biomedicine, Aerospace Biomedical Engineering and TeleHealth & Digital Health, including participation in 200+ scientific events with 300+ scientific papers presented. She has authored books, chapters and numerous papers in her areas of expertise. Thais is an Elected Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM), and International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), for which she serves on the Board of Trustees (2019-2025) and IAA Committees (2012-2023). She is also a member of international associations/societies in space, aviation and telehealth (ISfTeH), Board Member of companies, reviewer for journals, Review Editor at Frontiers in Space Technologies, and further holds patents related to Space Life Sciences and Aerospace Biomedical Engineering. Thais was a voluntary Mentor for Space4Women, a United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA, 2020-2021) initiative. She participated in two ESA parabolic flight campaigns (2000 & 2006), is a member of ESA Topical Teams and participates in NASA funded projects. In 2021, through InnovaSpace and in partnership with a pharmaceutical company, she participated in research at the ISS (Kibo module).