Handbook of Space Pharmaceuticals

  • Yashwant Pathak
  • Marlise Araújo dos Santos
  • Luis Zea
Living reference work

Table of contents

  1. Yichao Yu, Christoph N. Seubert, Hartmut Derendorf
  2. Alamelu Sundaresan, Vivek Mann, Elvis Okoro
  3. Sharef Danho, Joelle Thorgrimson, Joan Saary
  4. Cora S. Thiel, Beatrice A. Lauber, Liliana E. Layer, Oliver Ullrich
  5. Timothy G. Hammond, Holly H. Birdsall
  6. Masahiro Chatani, Akira Kudo
  7. Flávia Porto, Jonas Lírio Gurgel
  8. Marlise Araujo dos Santos, Lucíria de Freitas Correa, Graziela Heberlé
  9. Keshav S. Moharir, Vinita V. Kale, Abhay M. Ittadwar, Y. V. Pathak
  10. Karina Marshall-Goebel

About this book


This two-volume handbook, directed at medical professionals who are involved in developing the space industry or are academicians (such as at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT) doing research in this area, covers current pharmaceutical knowledge about the difference in medication efficacy in space versus on Earth and includes trial results and best practices for the space research and travel industry. The well-known contributors come from an interdisciplinary background and address all aspects of the subject, from the physiological impact of spaceflight to the effects of radiation. 

As the commercial space industry expands its operations in industry and tourism, the field of space pharmaceuticals is growing commensurately. Existing pharmacological research from space is thoroughly covered in this book, and Earth applications are also described. Potential pharmacological solutions are posed along with the known challenges and examples from existing studies, which are detailed at length. This major reference work is a comprehensive and important medical resource for all space industry players.


Space pharmaceuticals Pharma research in space Pharmaceutical applications in space Performance of drugs in space Space medicine and pharmacology Impact of space on human body Medicine for space

Editors and affiliations

  • Yashwant Pathak
    • 1
  • Marlise Araújo dos Santos
    • 2
  • Luis Zea
    • 3
  1. 1.Health College of PharmacyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.PUCRSPartenon, Porto AlegreBrazil
  3. 3.BioServe Space TechnologiesUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

About the editors

Dr. Yash Pathak is an internationally recognized scholar, researcher and educator in the areas of Nanotechnology, Drug Delivery Systems and Nutraceuticals. He received his M Pharm, PhD from Nagpur University India his Executive MBA, and Masters in Conflict Management from Sullivan University, Louisville, USA. His post-doctoral training was at Royal free Hospital London, UK, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and University of Michigan Medical Center at Ann Arbor Michigan USA. Presently, Dr. Pathak holds faculty appointments at the Full Professor rank in University of South Florida (USF) College of Pharmacy, in USF Morsani College of Medicine Internal Medicine in Nano Medicine, Division of Global Health, USF College of Public Health, and he serves as an Associate Dean for faculty Affairs at College of Pharmacy. He has also Adjunct appointment at University of West Indies Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Marlise Araújo dos Santos received his PhD in Drug Delivery and Absorption at Kings College London University of London and is coordinator of the Joan Vernikos Aerospace Pharmacy Laboratory - Microgravity Centre at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. His research is in evaluation of the effect of drug in mental performance in microgravity simulation, microgravity simulation using cells, hypergravity simulation using plants, evaluation of drugs stability under pressure variation in flight simulation, evaluation of Over the Counter (OTC) drugs in pilots performance and space pharmacology.

Dr. Luis Zea received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2015 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and currently is research faculty at BioServe Space Technologies at UCB.

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