NASA has presented some of the medical research conducted aboard the International Space Station through a partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.
The space agency said Tuesday that astronaut Michael Hopkins discussed that research with NIH employees and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases’ Stephen Katz in order to highlight ISS’ microgravity laboratory.
The ISS crew has been performing scientific experiments, including NIH-funded health and medicine projects such as the research payload on aging and T cell activation with potential implications for disease prevention.
Future medical research that CASIS and NASA are bringing to the space station includes an osteocytes and mechano-transduction study and an investigation into the gravitational regulation of osteoblast genomics and metabolism.
CASIS, who has managed the ISS National Laboratory since 2011, and NASA intend to acquire new knowledge on bone loss.