DCMC project:  Disorders of Motor and Cardiorespiratory Control, Centre for space bio-medicine

DCMC (Disorders of Motor and Cardiorespiratory Control) project’s task is to improve quality of life for people who have a neuromotor or cardiorespiratory disability. To fulfill such a task there is a strength collaboration between space and terrestrial research in order to develop innovative countermeasures.

DCMC program (http://www.dcmclab.org/) has a value of € 27.301.361, whose € 16.623.582 charged to ASI and € 10.677.779 in financial share. There are more than 60 Unities involved in that project such as University instutiutions, C.N.R., Istituto Superiore di Sanità, IRCCS, ASL, sone Hospital and four PMI for an amount of 300 people involved, among researchers and technical, spread on all the national territory.

Expected results are connected to interrelation between Motor and Cardiorespiratory Disorders and similar diseases displayed by astronauts in microgravital environment, such as orienteering problems, visual-motor coordination, circadian rhythm alterations. Same parallelism exists between cardiovascular deconditioning in gravity absence and common cardiovascular diseases on Heart.

So develop appropriate countermeasures could take great benefits both for man’s space life than for people affected from the same diseases on Heart.

Farnia cooperate to this project in order to give research support for the realization of “TBSS – Terrestrial Benefits Support Service”.

TBSS is an expertise service to support DCMC Network’s management activity for evaluation and spread of reached scientific results from space researches to National Health System. Farina will cooperate in develop of “collaborative working” instruments for integration and increase value of single research groups activity spread all over the national territory.

Through TBSS it will possible to:

point out results useful for management and medical organizations trough which they could give real time directions on result’s qualities in order to evaluate their effects on Heart.
Contribute in organize whole information necessary to national system to collect in advance useful indication upon on quality and price of medical care.


The aim of this project, called “SCH2EM – Metallic Foams for Electromagnetic shielding of transportable  flight equipment ” is to describe a class of materials – metal foams – for devices electromagnetically shielding electrical / electronic for the flight. The planning of work includes both theoretical work related to the experimental characterization of electromagnetic material is theoretical experimental activities related to structural characterization, vibrational, thermal and ECM for the design and implementation of a prototype intended to fly on Air Force C130J of Aeronautic. In particular, metal foams are designed to be used to shield the electrical / electronic stretcher ATI (Aircraft Transit Isolator) and TSI (Stretcher Transit Isolator) for air transport of patients highly infectious.
The possibility of being able to test fly the prototype in accordance with standard test dell’Aeronuatica military can evaluate the status of the material is from a technical and scientific than the possible spin-off of an industrial nature. In order to be validated by the Centro Sperimentale di Volo (CSV) of the Air Force and the Department Aeronautics and Space Medicine (RMAS), the prototype needs to be tested and characterized in terms of structural, thermal, ECM, ergonomic and biocompatibility both on the ground and in flight. Theoretical experimental characterization performed for the atmospheric flight can be used to provide an indication of the possibilities of space flight.
Thanks to its characteristics, the proposal outlines a project of Technology Transfer-Earth Space. The results are expressed by pursuing delivarables type of scientific and technical (reports, algorithms, protocols, prototypes) is related to the status of the material is the outcome of in-flight validation of the system cable.