Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine (JEGHBM)


The Joint SCAR-COMNAP Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine (JEGHBM) was established and had its first meeting at SCAR COMNAP Portland Oregon, USA in 2012. The group continues to serve as a forum to develop best practices for safe, healthy, efficient and effective management in healthcare and in the support of scientific research in Antarctica.

The JEGHBM includes members, nominees, from National programs and Antarctic nations and associate members with bilateral and multilateral research collaborations and linkages. Importantly membership includes membership of space agencies including NASA and ESA given the recognition of Antarctic operational medicine and research as a proven space analogue.

The JEGHBM also includes membership from ICS Unions, IUPS (Physiological Sciences), IUPsyS(Psychological sciences and also linkages to International Union of Circumpolar Health. In 2012 JEGHBM engaged with and nominated a member to APECS.

The JEGHBM has interdisciplinary disciplinary interests across life science and biology and has offered further collaboration