March 9, 2020
Dr. Michael Schmidt of Sovaris Aerospace has been awarded the Marie Marvingt Award for Excellence and Innovation in Aerospace Medicine by the Aerospace Medical Association.
The award was originally established by the French Aerospace Medical Association in memory of Marie Marvingt (1875-1963), a French pilot, mountaineer, and surgical nurse who, for more than 50 years, involved herself in the conception and development of air ambulance services. During World War I, she became the first female combat pilot. In 1915, Marvingt became the first woman in the world to fly combat missions when she became a volunteer pilot flying bombing missions over German-held territory. She was also the first trained and certified flight nurse in the world.
Dr. Schmidt was recognized for his work in assessment and countermeasure development applied to:
- Advancement of personalized (precision) medicine in spaceflight and human performance
- Advancement human performance in extreme environments
- Development of multi-scale omics (genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.) applied to humans in space
- Advancing the field of pharmacogenomics in human spaceflight
Dr. Schmidt was also the 2019 winner of the Research and Development Innovation Award from the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch of the Aerospace Medical Association.