In the next few decades, I do believe that biomedical engineering will play a major role in astronaut training and in medical assistance for long space missions. I am also convinced that conversely space research will play an important role in biomedical research by bringing innovative solutions to answer the new challenges that health care system will encounter, e.g. a decrease in qualified staff and the need for more automated tools. My goal is to bring new insights into the physiological response of the cardiovascular system to space environment by using advanced mathematical and computational models of blood flow and blood pressure. This fundamental knowledge will be crucial for a successful mission to Mars.
Orthostatic intolerance, arterial stiffness, blood fluid shift, cardiovascular biomechanics, 3D and 1D computational models, biomedical engineering and vascular ultrasound.
M.Sc. Joke Keijsers, Space Life Doctoral Candidate (University Supervisor: Prof. Dr. ir. Frans van de Vosse, University of Technology Eindhoven (the Netherlands). Using experiments and computational models to assess the response of the cardiovascular system to gravitational stress.