Havana International Conference Center, Cuba, May 27 to 31, 2019
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Post-Congress Symposium “Space Physiology”

From May 31st to June 3rd, 2019

Varadero, Cuba



Scott E. Parazynski, Former NASA Astronaut. USA 

Perspectives of a Five-Time Space Shuttle Crew Member”


Wilma R. Anton, NASA Johnson Space Center. USA 

Assessment of Risks to Humans for Deep-Space Missions”


Gayle E. Woloschak, Departments of Radiation Oncology, Radiology and Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University.

Space Radiation and Factors Influencing Cancer Risk”.

 Gloria R. Leon, University of Minnesota, USA 

“Stress and Coping in Extreme Environments: Implications for a Mars Mission”.


Richard Hughson, University of Waterloo, Canada.  “Cardiovascular Adaptations to Space Flight”.

Thais Russomano, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. 

“Cardiovascular Applications of Space Research”. 


Brandon R. Macias, NASA Johnson Space Center. USA  “Vision Impairment in Space”.

Brinda Rana, UC-San Diego. USA  “Omics Studies of Twins in Space”. 


Lonnie G. Petersen, UC-San Diego. USA 

“Physical Countermeasures to Protect Vision in Space”. 


Pablo de Leon, University of North Dakota. USA

“Physiological Responses during Simulated Extravehicular Activity in a Prototype Space Suit”. 


Namni Goel, University of Pennsylvania. USA 

“Using Biomarkers to Predict Responses to Sleep Deprivation”.


Latha Sundar, RenaissanTech.

“Molecular Biology and Drug Development for Deep-Space Missions”. 


Nandu Goswami, Medical University of Graz, Austria. 

“Gravitational Physiology, Aging and Medicine”. 


Richard Scheuring, NASA Johnson Space Center. USA 

“Musculoskeletal Loss with Prolonged Space Flight”. 


Gustavo Zubieta-Calleja, High Altitude Pulmonary and Pathology Institute, La Paz, Bolivia. 

Hypoxia during Space Flight and High Altitude”.

Ola Grimsby, Ola Grimsby Institute.

“Principles of Rehabilitation after Prolonged Space Flight”. 


Jojo Sayson, Ola Grimsby Institute.

“Back Problems in Space and after Return to Earth”. 


Alan R Hargens, UC-San Diego. USA

“The Gravity of Exercise for Deep-Space Missions”. 


Col. Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez. Cuba. 

“Cuban experience in the Tamayo-Romanenko space flight”.

Néstor Pérez Lache, Cuba. 

“Cuban neurological experiment during the Tamayo-Romanenko flight and after in health  neurological applications”. 


Alberto Juan Dorta Contreras, Cuba. 

“The Cuban medical experiments in Tamayo-Romanenko flight and its importance and contribution in the following space flights”.


Note: The name and number of lecturers and issues are subject to change.




From May 31st to June 3rd, 2019

Varadero, Cuba

Friday, May 31st, 2019 

Check-out in the Havana hotels for participants to PANAM-2019, registered to the Post-Congress Symposium. Departure from hotels at 8:00 a.m. to PALCO Hotel. Safekeeping of luggage at PALCO Hotel for participants to attend the last day of the 2nd Congress PANAM-2019. 


4:30 p.m.            Departure from Palco Hotel´s lobby by well-air conditioned bus with tour guide service to Varadero Resort. 

6:30 p.m.            Arrival at Meliá Varadero Hotel (all-in). Welcome. Check-in. 


Saturday, June 1st, 2019 

9:00 a.m

Opening Address  

9:15 a.m.

Opening of the Symposium 

10:45 a.m. 

Coffee break  

11:00 a.m.

Continuing of the Symposium 

12:15 a.m. 

Coffee break  

12:30 p.m. 

Continuing of the Symposium 

2:00 p.m. 

Closing Speech


Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 

9:00 a.m.            Departure from Meliá Varadero Hotel to a panoramic tour across  the Varadero Peninsula.

                               Visit to Casa de los Cosmonautas (House of Cosmonauts), located at   Sol Sirena Hotel. 

                                Lunch at Retiro Josone Park

                               Return to Meliá Varadero Hotel. 


Monday, June 3rd, 2019 

7:00 a.m.

Check-out. Return to Havana. 

8:30 a.m.

Visit to Matanzas Province. Sightseeing tour: historic city center and  visit to Sausto Theater


Stopover at Bacunayagua bridge, taste and enjoy a delightful Piña Colada drink. 


Stopover at San José Warehouses. 


Lunch at a paladar (family-run restaurant) in Havana. 


Transfer to the José Martí International Airport– according to passenger’s scheduled departure




Lodging at a Havana hotel – according to the selected Hotel for PANAM2019, please book and 


pay in advance. 



From May 31st to June 3rd, 2019

Varadero, Cuba

In Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) 

Single Room


892.00 CUC

Double Room


1558.00 CUC


Prices include:  

  • Havana – Varadero – Havana transfers
  • Lodging at Meliá Varadero***** Hotel (all-in) 
  • Transfer to all activities scheduled in the general program of the event 
  • Registration to the Symposium 
  • Credential, program and certificate 
  • Coffee breaks during the Symposium 
  • Lunch at Retiro Josone Park 
  • Visit to the Casa de los Cosmonauta (House of Cosmonauts) and Sauto Theater 
  • Lunch at a paladar (family-run restaurant) in Havana for those passengers who are still booked at a hotel in Havana, or have to go back to their respective nations at night. 
  • A snack for those passengers who take a flight back in the afternoon. 
  • Transfer to José Martí International Airport. 


At Meliá Varadero Hotel´s conference room, participant will be provided with a file with notepads and pen; 500 ml water bottle per working session. This conference room has audio system, laptop, video beam, screen, two wireless microphones and micro foot, laser pointer, air-conditioning and a specialist at lecturer’s disposal.

Melia Varadero 



This amazing architecture was designed by the Cuban architect Antonio Quintana and built in 1975. Conceived for the Soviet cosmonauts to rest, such a building resembles a space station and is located on the beach, with an independent entrance and direct access to the sea. Some distinguished guests have visited the house, including Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, the one and only Cuban cosmonaut who on September 18, 1980 flew into space on a Soviet spaceship along with the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko. It has nowadays become an exclusive part of the luxury Sol Sirens Coral Resorts.




Founded in 1942. Located on Ave: 1ra y 56, Varadero, this park covers an average 9-hectare area. It is a great botanical garden that provides visitors with a varied nature, tiny violet flowers or huge climbers, with a peaceful and loving environment. One of its biggest attractions is its Lake, in which you can enjoy a pleasant boat ride. A place of dreams for visitors´ enjoyment.

 Josone Park 


Opened on April 6, 1863, located at La Vigia Square, in the Matanzas historic center. It is one of the most important theaters in Cuba, symbol of the city for its architectural splendor and hierarchy of artists who have performed on its stage. Declared as a National Monument on October 10, 1978. The theater is currently the official site for the International Ballet Festival, the Mayo Theater event and the International Puppet Theater Festival, as well as other important national dance events.


 Those interested in attending the Post-Congress Symposium "Space Physiology", must contact to:



Caridad Sagó Rivera, Eng.

Main Specialists of Events and Incentives

E-mail: sago@havanatur.cu

Phone: (53) 7201-9780