International Space Development Conference

Eleanor O’Rangers

Featured Speaker: Eleanor O’Rangers

President and CEO Space Medicine Associates, LLC

Dr. O’Rangers is a clinical pharmacist by training, with a sub-specialization in cardiovascular pharmacology.

Eleanor maintains an active interest in microgravity pharmacokinetics / dynamics and has lectured on the subject.  She has contributed to the National Space Society’s publication, Ad Astra, writing on space medicine and pharmacology-related topics.  She also edited an issue of the Journal of Pharmacy Practice dedicated to space medicine. Eleanor continues to publish and present on space medicine-related topics.

Eleanor has previously organized four space medicine program tracks and two space medical emergency simulations for the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference.  She was also a Workgroup Leader for Space Medicine Issues for the Society; currently, she is a member of the Space Settlement Health Development Committee.

Eleanor has served as a pharmacology member of the Nutrition and Clinical Care Integrated Projects Team at NASA-Johnson Space Center, whose mission was to provide non-agency perspective on pharmacology and nutrition research needs for the U.S. Manned Spaceflight Program.  Eleanor was also involved in the development of monographs for Space Shuttle and International Space Station medications.

In 2013, Eleanor was invited by the Institute of Medicine to serve on a Committee to Review NASA’s Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks. As an expert on microgravity pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, she was asked to chair a Subcommittee discussing the Risk of Clinically Relevant Unpredicted Effects of Medicine. A summary of the subcommittee findings and recommendations were authored by her.

Eleanor also volunteers at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where she has been a docent since 1995. She considers it a privilege to educate the public on the history of U.S. aviation and spaceflight and is particularly delighted by engaged tour participants, especially children.

Eleanor is President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Cold War Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving oral histories of those who participated in Cold War-related activities in the SE PA region. For more information, please see:

In addition, Eleanor serves as the sole Civilian Pharmacist Specialist for the Curriculum and Examination Board, U.S. Special Operations Command, Department of Defense.

In her non-space-faring life, Dr. O’Rangers currently works in the pharmaceutical industry as a field-based scientist in the cardiovascular therapeutic area.