Health 2.0 Announces the JSC Space Health Innovation Challenge

Houston, Texas, August 30, 2013 – The Johnson Space Center (JSC) is providing challenges to Health 2.0 and other partner innovation groups for a Space Health Innovation Challenge event to be held at BioScience Research Collaborative at Rice University on October 18 – 20.  It is an opportunity for the national health innovation community to join with local Houston innovation groups to provide new perspectives on problems faced by JSC that will keep astronauts healthy while living in space or traveling in NASA’s Orion spacecraft during deep space missions.

The event will feature opening remarks from Jeffrey R. Davis, MD, Director, Space Life Sciences, NASA Johnson Space Center and health technology challenges from JSC. The Houston Technology Center (HTC), the Houston Area Translational Research Consortium (HATRC), Enventure, and Health 2.0 Houston (H20H) are among the partner organizations promoting the event.

“Health 2.0 has always focused on advancing the frontier of technology in health.” says Indu Subayia, Health 2.0 Co-founder.  “Networking the national resources of Health 2.0 together with the local innovation community in Houston around space health is an obvious extension of our mission.”

“Projects are organized into three tracks: data visualization, predictive analysis, and devices. Each track calls for a diverse set of expertise and has direct applications to improving modern medicine and healthcare,” says Amy Hurwitz, Event Chair and Co-founder of Enventure, Houston’s community for medical entrepreneurs. “Regardless of your career background or experience, there will be projects to pique your interest and meaningful opportunities for learning and contributing to challenges.”

“Our Health 2.0 Houston chapter launched in January 2013, but even before that launch, Fred Trotter (a popular Health 2.0 speaker and author) and I met with staff at JSC to talk about collaboration and innovation,” says Brian Lang, JSC Space Health Innovation Challenge Founder and H20H Chapter Head.  “This is a unique expression of collaboration that our local community can offer the national innovation community.”

Registration for the event will begin the first week in September.  To find out more, visit http://MissionToMarsHealth.com.

For more information, contact Brian Lang at brian@health20houston.com.

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