2023 Mentor: Garima Patel
Senior Physiotherapist at Revival Physiotherapy, Anand
Field: Space Physiotherapy, Astronaut Health
Profile: Dr. Garima Patel is a Physiotherapist with keen interest in space health and its terrestrial applications. She holds degrees in neurology (Master of Physiotherapy, SVNIRTAR, India), rehabilitation (PG Dip, AIIPMR, India) and space (Space studies program, ISU, France). She is the first physiotherapist to receive Dr. Kalpana Chawla Scholarship for Space Studies. Garima was a Teaching Associate for Southern Hemisphere Space Studies program 2022 at International Space University. Since 2017, she is actively involved in research related to human physiology in space, exercise countermeasures for astronauts, and role of physiotherapy in human spaceflight. In 2021, she was one of the esteemed guests invited at Guayaquil Space Society webinar, Ecuador, USA. She has been a resource person for space physiology and role of physiotherapy in space at various esteemed universities, school, and private organizations across India. In 2022, during the World Space Week she launched “Astrocise: Exercise countermeasures for astronauts”, an educational program to introduce and promote space physiotherapy.