Project Background

In some cases we know the cause: e.g. microgravity leads to fluid shifting to the head, causing 'face bloating'

Spaceflight is an extreme environment that causes many negative health changes to the body

In other cases, the causes of the problem are not yet known: e.g. muscle loss in space 

Muscle loss is important for spaceflight

  • Astronauts lose up to 40% of their muscle after 6 months in space

  • This muscle loss would reduce in-flight performance and threaten astronaut health on longer missions

  • Understanding the causes of muscle loss in space, and using this knowledge to find effective therapies, is therefore important for the future of space exploration

Space research

C. elegans (worms)

Worms in space