The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded $ 1.11 million to nine scholarships to university researchers for new studies on astronaut health in space. The second goal is to help astronauts in space and benefit people on Earth.
The lessons are part of a long -term plan by the industry to become a global leader in air health.
The CSA offers three studies on projects that “use data mining to analyze previously collected data to gain new information about health.”
The other six studies “use research models, which allow scientists to test their hypotheses on modeled organisms displayed in the outer space, here on Earth.”
The lessons were given to other researchers;
- Richard Hughson, Professor Emeritus and Researcher, University of Waterloo ($ 70,000) – The team will study how well the blood vessels in the brain process pulses from the heart. They will also test if astronauts ’normal activities protect their brains. A better understanding of the relationship between ship health and mental health processes in the elderly on Earth could help protect astronauts in the future as long as the missions take place. far into the sky.
- Steven Boyd, Professor, University of Calgary, Director, McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health ($ 70,000) – Using data collected for the ISS Canada TBone study, the team will study bone loss in space and recover bones after astronauts return to Earth. . Although some bones are restored after returning to Earth, they can still change in shape.
- Simon Duchesne, Full Professor, Professor of Medicine Université Laval ($ 70,000) – There can be changes in mood, movement, organization, and thinking during air missions. The team will analyze images of astronauts’ brains to look at the impact on brain life by aircraft, using techniques similar to those used to observe aging in the earth. The results of this study may help patients suffering from brain degeneration such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Dr. David A. MacLean, Professor, NOSM University ($ 150,000) – The team will use a model to simulate flight to understand the combined effects of radiation and microgravity on muscles such as muscles, bones, eyes and brain. They will also test whether dietary supplements can be used to prevent the effects of damage to healthy muscles.
- Rachel Holden, Nephrologist, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University ($ 149,975) – This group will investigate the role of dietary phosphate in bone loss in rats and whether the effects are different for men and women. This study could help shed light on the diet of astronauts and understand the effects of bone loss on people on Earth.
- Dr. Bernard Jasmin, Dean and Professor, Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa ($ 150,000) – The weaker the muscles, the faster they get tired and the softer they get. The team will focus on understanding the loss of muscle size and strength in the air, focusing on the role of the Staufen1 protein, and testing possible therapies. used to prevent muscle atrophy.
- Val Andrew Fajardo, Assistant Director and Research Canada (Tier 2), Tissue Plasticity and Remodeling, Department of Kinesiology, Brock University ($ 150,000) – The team will decide if the action of an enzyme (glycogen synthase kinase 3) will slow down muscle mass, bone strength and cognitive ability.
- Matthew D. Regan, Project Assistant, Department of Biology, Université de Montréal ($ 149,040) – The team will consider whether the resistance to muscle damage seen in hibernating mammals could demonstrate how to maintain and build muscle protein during flight.
- Bettina M. Willie, Consulting Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University ($ 150,000) – The group hopes to use the mice images to understand the relationship between night vision, muscle use, and bone loss.