NCMR Bioscience and Technology
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Many of the fluids and combustion processes that occur in NASA systems and scenarios are traditionally more familiar to fluids scientists and engineers, for example power and propulsion systems and some advanced life support systems. But it is becoming increasingly evident that physicochemical processes that occur in biological and biomedical systems may be important factors in determining the response of these systems to low gravity environments. Alternatively, some of these processes may be insensitive to changes in effective gravity, but improvements in understanding of their role in biological systems would be a key to developing effective countermeasures in space biomedicine.

The Glenn Bioscience and Engineering Consortium (GBEC) has focused more on technology and countermeasure development than on understanding particular biofluid processes. Recognizing that an understanding of the fluids and transport behavior in biological system may be the key to development of effective countermeasures, the NCMR is beginning to pursue research that investigates the role of fluids at the cell and system level in particular biological systems of relevance to NASA, concerned with bone loss, cardiovascular processes and vestibular processes in microgravity.

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