MICHAEL MARGE, Ed.D.
Vice Chair, IAASS Workshop Planning Committee for the Human Research Program for Civilians in Spaceflight and Space Radiation; Former Chair of the CSF/MITRE Workshop on Creating a Human Research Program for Civilians in Commercial Space (HRP); Editor of the Workshop Summary Report and HRP; Former Scientific and Technical Advisor on Human Space Research, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the MITRE Corporation.
AREAS of EXPERTISE:
- Created initiative to develop a human research program for civilians who will participate in the commercialization of space. Original proposal to plan for and implement a Workshop on this topic was favorably received by the National Space Council and was sponsored by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) representing more than 80 companies in the space industry. Served as Co-Chair of the CSF’s Workshop. Workshop Planning Committee comprised of key space health researchers representing the space industry (SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Axiom Space, Sierra Space, Redwire Space, Orbital Medicine, and Sovaris Aerospace), NASA, FAA, HHS and academia (Johns Hopkins University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Purdue University). Served as Editor of the Workshop Summary Report and the HRPC.
- Played a key role in the creation of the current NIH/NASA Collaborative Research Partnership and the HHS/NASA Umbrella Interagency Agreement to facilitate communications and collaborative research between NASA and CDC, the FDA, and ASPR (BARDA). Purpose: to assist NASA in addressing the biomedical risks to deep space travelers for the Artemis Project (Moon) and the planned journey to Mars. Created the NIH/NASA Space Research Group administered by NIH.
- Served as Scientific and Technical Advisor to HEOMD, NASA, on the development of strategic partnerships, focusing primarily on the health and medical research needs of
- Conducted national and international surveys related to health needs and services for vulnerable populations.
- Demonstrated expertise in developing effective coalitions and collaborating groups of agencies and organizations working together to tackle challenging health, education and social issues.
- Significant experience as a planner and manager of scientific conferences related to health care and needs of vulnerable populations. Most recent experience was the planning and implementation of a research conference for pertinent NIH institutes and centers on the topic of developing a research agenda on biomedical risks. The research conference resulted in the development of a research solicitation. In addition, conducted several exploratory research meetings at NIH which advanced biomedical research.
Served as Vice Chair with Dr. Bettina Beard, Chair of the IAASS Workshop Planning Committee on the Human Research Program for Civilians in Spaceflight and Space Habitation from April 2023 – January 7, 2024. Assisted in the development of the first ever comprehensive human research program (HRP-C) that will make space safe, healthy and comfortable for average civilians, even those with chronic health problems and disabilities. The HRP-C was introduced and discussed at the IAASS Workshop co-sponsored by Oklahoma State University on January 23-24, 2024.
Dr. Marge served as Co-Chair (with Tommy Sanford, CSF) of the Commercial Spaceflight
Federation Workshop for Creating an HRP for Civilians in the Commercialization of Space
(HRPC). He was appointed as a professional consultant on human space research by the MITRE Corporation from February 2021 to December 2021, to introduce MITRE to this new and emerging field of human space research for civilians in the commercialization of space.
From August 2017 to December 2020, Dr. Marge served as the overseer of the NIH/NASA and HHS/NASA Partnerships and the Scientific and Technical Advisor for the HHS Chief of Staff to the HHS Secretary on issues related to space research. He also played a key role in the development and expansion of the major program activity to encourage human research related to deep space travelers as a Scientific and Technical Advisor to the Director of the Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications, NASA, from 2017 – 2020.
RECENT ACADEMIC POSITION: Research Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, State of New York Upstate Medical University at Syracuse. Former Dean and then Professor of Rehabilitation and Speech Pathology and Audiology, Syracuse University and Director of the Center for Prevention of Disabilities, Syracuse University. Has worked in the area of prevention of primary and secondary disabilities, including the prevention of chronic diseases and health promotion.
EDUCATION: Dr. Marge received his B.A. in Speech from Emerson College, Boston; and his Master's in Human Development with a specialization in psycholinguistics and Doctorate Degree in Child Development and Counseling from Harvard University. Also, he pursued additional graduate studies at Boston University, University of Michigan, and Columbia University in the area of speech-language pathology and audiology. At Columbia University, he interned for eight weeks at the Bronx Hospital for the Chronically Ill in neurosurgery for Parkinson disease patients and at the Lexington School for the Deaf.
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS: He has received many awards and honors: he is the recipient of the Mary E. Switzer Award for his service in the prevention of disabilities; elected to Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Government; recipient of a grant award from the J. M.
Foundation of New York to establish the Syracuse University Center for Prevention of
Disabilities; and co-founder and President of the American Disability Prevention and Wellness
Association. Dr. Marge is a Charter Member and a Member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Commissioner of Health's Advisory Committee on Disability Prevention. He is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has been active in many community organizations and voluntary groups on behalf of better disability policies, rights, and programs.
Dr. Marge is a Presidential Appointee and was a Member of the National Council on Disability for almost six years, serving on the Executive Committee, Chair of the Children Services Committee, and Chair of the Committee for the Prevention of Disabilities. He played a significant role in creation and development of policies and programs, such as the "Americans with Disabilities Act." He is the author of the "Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Act for
Persons with Disabilities," and created and assisted in the implementation of the National Program for the Prevention of Primary and Secondary Disabilities, that is currently administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of his major professional contributions
has been in identifying the importance to prevent secondary conditions in persons with disabilities which was reported in his seminal article, “Health promotion for persons with disabilities: Moving beyond rehabilitation” (1988, American Journal of Health Promotion, Vol. 2, No. 4).
Internationally, Dr. Marge has worked for the U.S. Government, Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD in Paris), United Nations, the Organization of American States and international governments in the area of health, education, special education and rehabilitation. His international professional work included the following countries: Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Venezuela, Ghana, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, and the former Yugoslavia.
Recent publications include: (1) M. Marge, Editor, 2021, CSF Workshop Summary Report on
Creating a Human Research Program for SFPs in the Commercialization of Space (Commercial Spaceflight Federation Website); (2) M. Marge, 2021, Preparing individuals with disabilities for space travel and habitation (Disability and Health Journal); (4) M. Marge, 2022, Preparing civilians to travel, live and work in space: A Human Research Agenda (NewSpace Journal); (5) M. Marge, 2022, OpEd-Protecting the health, safety and comfort of civilians in the commercialization of space (June 15, SpaceNews).
Dr. Marge is a US Veteran who received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army. He served in the Corps of Engineers and then in the U.S. Army Finance Corps.