Sunnybrook doc the next Canadian astronaut?

A DOCTOR AT Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is in the running to be a new member of Canada’s AstronautCorps.

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president Steve MacLean announced that Christopher Denny, a staff physician in emergency medicine at the hospital as well as an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, will be among the top 16 candidates for the job.

“The top 16 candidates in the National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign represent an incredibly accomplished, well- rounded and diverse group of Canadians,” MacLean said.

The group was selected from 5,351 people who applied in May 2008 for two spots. Since then, CSA interviewed candidates and put them through a series of medical exams and physical and skill-related tests in often extreme conditions.

Denny, a local resident, completed a BA at Queen’s University in philosophy and went on to study medicine at McMaster University.

The winners will be announced this month.

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