Dr. Kacena Partners with NASA and DOD to Study Bone Healing in Spaceflight

May 12, 2015
In a projected headed by Melissa Kacena, Ph.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, IUSM Orthopaedic Research is going to the International Space Station as part of a mission on the SpaceX10. Space launch is scheduled for June 2016.  In the weightlessness of space, Dr. Kacena, Dr. McKinley and team will use a mouse model to study novel and current bone healing therapies. The potential outcomes for this research could lead to a better understanding of bone loss in space, which is important for long-term space flights. It is also hoped that the knowledge gained will advance the treatment of severely damaged limbs. To learn more about this mission, please visit the website and check out the blog.

If you or someone you know would like to help support this important mission, please contact Georgia Strickland., gift development director.

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