|July 22 2017- We would like to welcome Mr. Joseph Maroge as a new intern at SHME. He is a recent graduate from UCSD and is currently applying to medical school. He is a quality individual and will contribute mightily to our research program. He is very interested in our surgical research, which will be the fastest route to publication, but also has broad interests in other topics such as cardiology, general health, and preventative medicine.|
|July 8th 2017- Dr. John Sczepaniak presents our research on gastric bypass and sleeve gasterectomy at the 2nd ICOCD in San Francisco, CA. His presentation was titled, "Predicting weight loss and follow-up weight measures." This presentation was made possible with the help of Dr. Milton Owens of Coastal Center for Obesity, Orange, CA 92869.|
|June 7th 2017- John Sczepaniak will be presenting at the 2nd International Conference on Obesity and Chronic Diseases. The title of the presentation is "Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gasterectomy: Outcome and Influences". The presentation will be at 1:15pm July 8th 2017. The conference will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel | San Francisco, CA, USA|
|February 20th 2017- John Sczepaniak has recieved ethical approval to conduct his bicycle safety research in Japan. The work will entail video recording some intersections in Japan. While we understand that this will make some people uncomfortable, the data will be used to look at further details we cannot gather sufficiently in the moment. These videos will also help assure we are correctly counting the number of bicycle riders wearing helmets. These recordings/pictures will not be published. Consultation with Japan's legal and law enforcement personel was sought to ensure recordings would be taken in compliance within generally acceptable practice.|
|December 17th 2016- Dr. John Sczepaniak has just submitted a protocol to the institutional review board (Integreview) for a new surgical operation. The retrospective review will look at Dr. John L. Coon's surgical treatment for the failure of gastric bypass. We intend to submit this work to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.|
September 16-17th 2016-
Dr. John Sczepaniak presents his team's poster on cardiopulmonary resuscitation using mechanical compressions in zero gravity. The poster was presented at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel in Oslo Norway for the European Congress for Aerospace Medicine.
Dr. Naoyuki Ishikita presents his team's poster on inhalational anesthesia using a new device in zero gravity (preliminary results). The poster was presented at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel in Oslo Norway for the European Congress for Aerospace Medicine.
September 8th 2016-
Dr. John Sczepaniak and his team finished important testing for the CPR experiment today. The camera system measuring compressions has been enhanced. Mr. Alan Sczepaniak has made necessary sensor modifications to the maikin's internal compression monitor.
September 5th 2016-
Dr. John Sczepaniak has completed collecting data for his study on bicycle helmet use and safety in four prefectures in Japan. Once the data has been translated and analyzed a conference and journal will be selected for publication.
August 14th 2016-
Dr. Naoyuki Ishikita has taken over full responsibility and management of the second parabolic flight to be held this month in Nagoya, Japan. Dr. John Sczepaniak will be having a ground based rehearsal for his zero gravity CPR research. The future flight date for the CPR research is still to be determined.
Both the VapoJect and Lucas 2 CPR research abstracts were accepted to the 5th European Congress for Aerospace Medicine. Both abstracts will be presented as posters in Norway on September 15th.
|August 6th 2016- Dr. John Sczepaniak presents the use of the VapoJect™, a handheld anesthesia device, in three cosmetic patients. Cosmetic operations were performed by Ishihara Nobuhiro MD and Katsuhide Kudo MD. Anesthesia was run by Dr. Ishikita the first author on the study. The New York symposium included the KAMA, KMA, AMA, and more. The conference was held at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center.|
|July 15th 2016- We have submitted our abstract on CPR in zero gravity to the aerospace medical conference in Norway. We look forward to a decision by the committee on both the VapoJect and the Lucas 2 devices.|
|June 10th 2016- We have decided to move our parabolic flight from Orlando, FL to Nagoya, Japan due to logistical concerns and timing. The flight will take place on Saturday August 27th. We are honored to be joined by Dr. Carlos Salicrup, a well know physician in Aerospace Medicine. This flight will test the MicroVent, VapoJect™ and CPR device in a smaller aircraft, the MU-300.|
April 29th 2016-
Today, I visited the Japanese Space Center(JAXA) in Tsukuba, Japan. I had a chance to explore a recreation of the Japanese part of the International Space Station(ISS). I also viewed the Japanese rocket designed to carry satilites into orbit. This trip has given me more information regarding our project to 3d print the MicroVent on the ISS.
April 28th 2016-
Dr. Ishikita and I met with the director of Shibukawa Medical Center, Dr. Saito. We expressed our gratitude for his support of our space medicine research and the opportunity for the visit. The hospital is new and preparing to open its doors to more and more patients in the coming weeks, an exciting time for the institution. I expect this hospital will be a great support to the health and education of its patients.
Dr Ishikita and I also presented our project funding meeting in Osaki, Tokyo. We presented at the Shinagawa Industrial platform with many distinguished guests. We discussed the importance of our space medicine research and our past mission success. We introduced our future plans to experiment with the MicroVent on a parabolic flight and the international space station.
|April 27th 2016- Met with Dr. Ishikita at Shibukawa Medical Center. Together we worked on our presentation for mission 2 funding scheduled for April 28th in Osaki, Tokyo. We completed our reinforced manikin lungs, adjusted flight protocol, and powerpoint presentation. We worked on an abstract for Dr. Ishikita's work with the VapoJect in cosmetic patients at a Japanese clinic. We plan to publish this work in Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Elsevier.|
|April 21st 2016- Arrived in Japan yesterday. Thank you to our new intern Sakura Nakao for all of her help preparing for this trip to Japan. Currently, planning to meet with Dr. Ishikita next week. We will be updating the donation page to reflect our second parabolic flight mission. We have created a second mission patch and are discussing the best time for its debut.|
April 6th 2016-
Our team has just submitted our VapoJect™ abstract to the conference in Oslo, Norway. We will keep you up-to-date on the possible acceptance for presentation. We finished arrangements and registration for this conference.
We have received new equipment for the parabolic flight in June 2016. We have purchased a new ECG machine and a respiratory mask. Dr. Ishi and I will be testing this equipment in Japan at the end of the month.
|February 26th 2016- Our research teams are currently going over the results from the parabolic flight last November. We are making necessary improvements and design changes to support another research flight in June. We will likely fly with three researchers onboard instead of just two. Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of the flight team or have specific research interests.|
|January 9th 2016- Dr. John Sczepaniak updated Fletcher Hills Kiwanis club about his team's recent parabolic flight and future directions. He shared with the audience pictures from the website and discussed his experience onboard the flight. He also shared with the audience a bit about suborbital space tourism.|
|December 1st 2015- Dr. John Sczepaniak was a participant in the human centrifuge study at National Aerospace Training & Research Center (NASTAR) Southampton, Pennsylvania. This study, conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch, is important to the selection and education of future commercial space flight participants. Dr. Sczepaniak received training the prior day to be able to withstand the applied acceleration in the chest to back direction (Gx) and in the head to toe direction (Gz). Today he went through two simulated suborbital space flights. One of these flights had a gravity force profile similar to the Virgin Galactic experience on spaceship 2. The other gravity profile was possibly like the XCOR Lynx experience.|
November 19th 2015-
Machine delivered Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and inhalational Anesthesia are under investigation for possible use in outer space. Both methods were tested today in zero gravity aboard a modified 727 aircraft flying up and down in cycles. Dr. John Sczepaniak (USA) and Dr. Naoyuki Ishikita (Japan) flew these devices while testing them on a CPR manikin. Preliminary results are promising.
To generate zero gravity an airliner much like the one used to travel internationally is designed to fly up and down in a parabolic flight path. When the aircraft reaches the highest point in its path the crew and cabin experience about 20 seconds of zero gravity. Objects will remain in the air when you let them go and heavy objects can be lifted with minimal effort. The aircraft will repeat this process multiple times to provide approximately six and half minutes of zero gravity.
EXPERIMENT 1: INHALATIONAL ANESTHESIA USING THE VAPOJECT DEVICE IN MICROGRAVITY
Inhalational devices studied today were compact and practical for space exploration. Inhalational anesthesia is the process of putting someone to sleep with a gas or vapor that is breathed in. It is important to research this kind of anesthesia in space because it can be administered or controlled more easily than the current injection methods for anesthesia. Inhalational anesthesia may provide a safer way to manage surgical procedures, seizures, and asthma care. This device might also have benefits outside space medicine such as in impoverished nations, disaster medicine, and extreme environments (eg. South pole).
EXPERIMENT 2: TERRESTRIAL RESULTS FOR CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION IN MICROGRAVITY USING THE LUCAS 2 COMPRESSION DEVICE.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is the process of keeping someone alive when their heart is not functioning well. Here on earth's surface, this is done by pushing on a patients chest and squeezing the heart. This is much more difficult in a weightless environment because pushing on the patient's chest will not cause significant chest depression but rather cause the provider to push off into the air. Our research team tested a new CPR device in a weightless environment. The device latches around the patient and uses a motor to deliver compressions to the chest. This device shows promise in helping future space explorers.
Our preliminary results will be submitted to the 5th European Congress of Aerospace Medicine(ECAM) in Oslo, Norway. ECAM will take place September 2016. We are working on another parabolic flight next year to confirm our results.
|November 18th 2015- Dr. Ishikita, Kyle, and I the day before the scheduled parabolic flight. We have placed most of the experiment onboard the modified 727 for the parabolic flight.|
|November 12th 2015- We have received the Lucas 2 CPR device, toughbook computers, and anesthesia detectors for our complete system review tomorrow. We have also purchased another GoPro camera for complete video capture of the project. We are exploring use of a heart rate monitor to record the level of stress experienced by the CPR provider.|
|November 7th 2015- We have finished the pressure sensor and tested it on Cuyamaca Peak in San Diego County at an altitude of 6515ft above sea level. This is a similar environment to the pressure onboard the parabolic flight.|
|October 21st 2015- Everybody scheduled to come to the parabolic flight has accommodations for the 17th through the 19th of November. We have one opening for someone else. Everyone currently scheduled to come to the parabolic flight has purchased their flight tickets to Orlando.|
|October 7th 2015- The parabolic flight is going to take off from Melbourne International airport near Orlando, Florida. We have just finished designing a new pressure sensor to record airway pressures in the manikin during the VapoJect™ anesthesia experiment. Dr. Ishikita and I also invited two medical students, one from New York and one from Texas, to help us manage the project on the ground before take off. I would like to thank everyone who has helped us so far. We are almost to our financial goals for this project. God Bless|
|September 25th 2015- Today we signed our contract with the Zero Gravity corporation for the testing of the Lucas 2 CPR device and the Vapoject™ anesthesia system on a parabolic flight scheduled for November 19th 2015.|
|August 15th 2015- Today, I spoke at the Fletcher Hills Kiwanis club. The presentation was titled: "Space Medicine." I briefly discussed my experiences from Community college to graduation from medical school and how I became involved in Space medicine. I shared with the audience the role of a space medicine practitioner and some of the interesting adaptations required to deliver health care in zero gravity. I also discussed our latest research with the Vapoject™ anesthesia device in zero gravity.|
|June 24, 2015- Dr. Ishi and I at the Living Room Cafe, La Jolla, CA. After our parabolic flight rehearsal, we were meeting about investors to support the Vapoject™ anesthesia system. To see a quick video of our flight rehearsal.|
|June 15, 2015- We just finished up the structural analysis for the zero gravity medical research. We will be getting some new equipment in the next few days and an upgraded computer.|
|May 30th 2015- Today, we launched our gofundme donation page. The page details our aerospace medicine research project to test the feasibility of using inhalational anesthesia in a confined zero gravity environment. We will also be testing the Lucas 2 CPR device using a custom designed CPR manikin. The project should be launched by November 20th 2015. If you are interested in supporting the project please donate here with the ear mark "space study" or at our gofundme page.|
|November 23 2014- Mr. Kyle Freiman presented our work at Obesity Week 2014 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston MA. He delivered his remarks at the Students, Residents & Fellows Session. His presentation was titled "The Role of Preoperative weight loss in Sleeve Gastrectomy patients."|
|October 28th 2013- Presented at the 4th World Congress for the Advancement of Surgery located at the Dan Tel-Aviv Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. The poster and travel were supported by Saint Georges University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. We presented on different ways to follow patients' weight loss after bariatric surgery. I am grateful to everyone who helped support the work. God bless.|