University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Life Science Research on the International Space Station
Living for up to six months in the microgravity environment of the ISS has great consequences for humans who evolved in the 1 g environment. Our research has focused on the cardiovascular system and investigated changes in blood pressure regulation, brain blood flow and structure and function of blood vessels. To date, we have investigated the cardiovascular systems of 14 astronauts in our completed study CCISS and the ongoing study Vascular, and we are planning a new study, BP Reg, for which Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be our first subject when he launches in 11 months. This talk will explain how space physiology research is done and provide an overview of some of the results from our work and other major consequences of long-term changes in the effects of gravity.