The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is funding eight new scientific investigations to help mitigate health risks for future space travellers and help improve the wellbeing of people on Earth.
- using databases or existing samples from previous space studies
Researcher and institution Study topic Dr. Frédéric Pitre, Université de Montréal Analyzing Mars500 crew microbiomes using improved metagenomics Dr. Richard Hughson, University of Waterloo Mining data from previous CSA cardiovascular studies BP Reg and Vascular to test new hypotheses about astronauts' cardiovascular systems
- using non-human organisms such as animals or cells as models for human biology
Researcher and institution Study topic Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Mount Saint Vincent University Understanding bone loss with zebrafish larvae in a simulated microgravity environment Dr. Odette Laneuville, University of Ottawa Understanding shoulder overuse and preventing injuries in microgravity with mudskipper fish Dr. Svetlana V. Komarova, McGill University Studying bone loss associated with skeletal muscle changes and fluid shift in astronauts Dr. Yeni Yucel, Unity Health Toronto Using a research model to study space-related vision changes experienced by some astronauts
- using space-like conditions to test human subjects
Researcher and institution Study topic Dr. Laurence Harris, York University Self-motion under gravity: Changes to perception systems in human subjects on Earth subjected to varying levels of gravity Dr. Andrew Philip Blaber, Simon Fraser University Testing the use of artificial gravity as a countermeasure against common space-related disturbances of cardiovascular and cerebral responses
The investigations, which include the participation of researchers from Canadian institutions, were selected from proposals submitted to Announcements of Opportunity published by the CSA in . As with all research supported by the CSA, these studies will lead to a better understanding of human spaceflight risks while also contributing to health benefits here on Earth.