Mount Michael Benedictine 2007 graduate Tom Frederick is currently working with a team of graduate students on a project to perfect robotic space surgery for long term space travel.
Tom is currently a doctoral student an UNMC's Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine.
Nebraskans work on robot to do surgery in outer space
By Kate Howard Perry / World-Herald staff writer
Tom Frederick '07
Imagine a day when an explorer on Mars suffers a medical emergency, and the nearest surgeon is 35 million miles away.
Returning to Earth for treatment would take months, so preparations are being made to fix medical problems in space — and University of Nebraska researchers are working on the first step to a possible solution.
Three University of Nebraska-Lincoln students and a University of Nebraska Medical Center fellow went up on a roller coaster-like test flight with NASA last month. The flight gave the team up to 30 seconds at a time in low and zero gravity to see how miniature robots, designed to perform minimally invasive surgery, responded to the conditions.