Canadian Medical Association

Many front-line physicians are self-isolating to avoid potential infection of their families and colleagues. Former Canadian Space Station astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk will share approaches used by the Canadian Space Agency for dealing with isolation during high-stress situations.

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About Dr. Robert Thirsk

Robert Thirsk

Dr. Robert Thirsk has degrees in mechanical engineering, medicine and business administration, and has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency's astronaut corps: in 1996 on the space shuttle Columbia as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab mission, and in a six-month expedition in 2009 aboard the International Space Station. Bob currently serves as chair of the Advisory Council on Deep Space Healthcare, a task force that is developing a potential leadership role for Canadian health care innovators in the exploration of deep space.


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