AcuVR

AcuVR means the use of virtual reality to enhance acupuncture’s effectiveness and efficacy.

I pitched this idea at the Vancouver Startup Weekend and the business plan came in third place!

If you are interested to find out more, please contact me at michelleyan.9821@gmail.com

 

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Doctoral Capstone Presentation – Chinese Medicine in Space

On June 9th 2018, I presented on my capstone report topic – Classical Chinese Medicine in Space. Please email me at michelleyan.9821@gmail.com if you are interested in a copy of the full report.

ABSTRACT

We will examine human health in space through the lens of classical Chinese medicine. The Chinese medicine holomap guides us on a journey through the realms of Heaven, Earth and Humanity. In the realm of Heaven, we will explore the Why of going to space in order to understand the motivation to return to our pre-natal essence. In the realm of Earth, we will examine the What that sustains physical life on Earth and learn if we can recreate post-natal essence on another planet. In the realm of Humanity, we will discern the How of going to space and examine the attitude, free will and ingenuity we need to succeed in this journey.

Capstone Presentation CCM in Space

What an amazing experience it was today. My capstone presentation felt like a culmination of the work I have been preparing for, for the last 2 years. I remember the faces of the people who love and support me in the audience. My parents and brother who have traveled from afar to be present, the friends and mentors who made an effort to show up and my loved ones and co-workers in the project.

I feel immensely grateful that I have the love and support of all these people who are lending me their strength to watch me succeed. Its hard to describe, that feeling of, when there is something that one has been working on for awhile, patiently chipping away, overcoming some doubts, some fear, some sleep…and then it all comes together, like a time tunnel getting compressed in space-time, and everyone is there with me, witnessing me.

I am also immensely grateful for this platform. This 30-minutes where I get to share with a group of extremely dear individuals, whom I have known and interacted with for the last 5 years, and whom are my colleagues in the profession. I am grateful for this platform to share my message and hopefully inspire some to action and/or to think differently about going space.

Many times during writing the report, I wondered why this topic is so important to me. I wondered why I cared so much. Its hard to say… the inexplicable driving force behind this motivation. I feel mission driven. LOL, I just realized that I was wearing the helmet. That was the palpable sense of enthusiasm in the room and in my presentation. More to come with photos and videos of the presentation …

Meeting Astronaut Rick Mastracchio

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Nothing beats meeting and speaking directly to an astronaut about his experience in Space! Fulfilling day at the pre-conference of the 2016 ISS R&D Conference. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, a veteran of four space- flight missions, gave a fun and insightful presentation about his missions to the ISS. The space that he shared from was awe-inspiring. Now having met one, I can see why astronauts have celebrity status. It is so exciting to get to ask him all my burning questions about his experience of physiology and pathology of living in the ISS and on re-integrating back to earth. He also did several Space Walks while being stationed in the ISS and it was good to learn about his experience in the spacesuits. Also although there has been experiments being carried out in the ISS in the last 15 years, none has been focused on CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) research, so there is room to learn and find out more! Also made the acquaintance of a Japanese Astrophysicist today, Mihara San, who works on watching stars through X-rays on the Japanese Module on the ISS.

Welcome!

This blog will be a collection of space-travel related news and my exploration of the application of Classical Chinese Medicine to the field of Space Medicine.

Many people ask how I came up with the idea of Classical Chinese Medicine in Space, and I simply tell them, “I just got curious and this is a fun topic to explore!”

I hope that this site will inspire you to Get CURIOUS about exploring the intersection where your passion and space travel meets, and that it will be a fun for you too.