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Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting

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Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting

Event Dates:
21 May 2023 — 26 May 2023

Event Location:
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

KBR is a proud sponsor of the Aerospace Medical Association annual meeting at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. As a part of the 2023 conference, KBR is sponsoring the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons Luncheon, Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization Mentorship Event, the Arnold D. Tuttle and Joe Kerwin Awards, the Paul Bert Award, as well as the Honors Night Banquet. KBR is also a year-round sponsor of AsMA’s Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch (LSBEB), a constituent organization made up of like-minded individuals with an interest and/or expertise in aerospace life sciences and biomedical engineering.

Being honored during this year’s awards ceremony are KBR’s Tony Wurmstein, Operations Manager and Head of Aerospace Physiology Training at KBR’s Aerospace Environment Protection Lab (AEPL) in San Antonio, and scientist Dr. Ashot Sargsyan of the Human Health and Performance Contract at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Mr. Wurmstein was selected to receive this year’s Wiley Post Award recognizing outstanding contributions in direct operational physiology and aeromedical training and education. Additionally, Dr. Sargsyan was selected to receive this year’s Joe Kerwin Award, which is presented for advances in the understanding of human physiology during spaceflight and innovation in the practice of space medicine to support optimal human health and performance in space.

KBR experts will also be presenting during the conference. We invite those attending to tune in on the below topics:

  • “Using the WHIPPET Facility to Monitor Lingering Effects of Moderate Altitude Exposure on Simulated Precision Flight Control” presented by KBR’s Dr. Jeremy Beer on May 22 at 10:30 a.m.
  • “Cognitive and Physiologic Responses to Normobaric Hypoxia versus Hypobaric Hypoxia" presented by KBR’s Dr. Bianca Cerqueira on May 23 at 4 p.m.
  • “Altitude Decompression Sickness Risk Mitigation” at the workshop titled Altitude Decompression Sickness – Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Mitigation presented by KBR’s Dr. Todd Dart on May 21 at 8 a.m.
  • A scientific panel session titled, “Do You Really Want to Go That High? Barotrauma and DCS” co-chaired by KBR’s Bria Morse on May 22 at 10:30 a.m.
  • “Clinical and Research Insights into Spaceflight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS)” presented by Dr. Steve Laurie on May 23 at 10:30 a.m.
  • “A Preliminary Assessment of Cognition and Fatigue during Simulated Lunar Surface Extravehicular Activities” presented by Taylor Schlotman on May 24 at 10:15 a.m.

About Us: The Team Behind the MissionSM

KBR is a top life sciences provider to NASA, U.S. Special Operations Forces, and U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army. KBR currently supports various aerospace health technology contracts and addresses key human health and performance needs of military members,

astronauts, and their families at a variety of locations around the world. Our specialists are committed to enhancing health, promoting safety, and improving the performance of individuals who work or travel in unusual environments. With services stemming from biomedical and human research to behavioral health, health science, medicine, payload experiments, and laboratory management, clients rely on KBR to pioneer advances in aerospace medicine as well as earth and life sciences.

An integral partner to many, KBR conducts medical research, manages testing and supports hundreds of software programs and pieces of equipment for aerospace health. Some examples include the development of the treadmill aboard the International Space Station, which is used by the crew for cardiovascular exercise and musculoskeletal loading; the development and sustaining of the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, which helps ensure reclaimed water aboard the space station is safe for the crew to drink; and support of the Butterfly iQ research study, which analyzed the success of the world’s first handheld, single probe whole body ultrasound system to help manage the astronauts’ medical imaging needs.



  • Daren Chauvin, Program Manager, Aerospace Environment Protection Lab (AEPL)
  • Keith Kreutzberg, Program Manager, Human Health and Performance, Johnson Space Center (JSC)
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