Most of us have seen the effects of microgravity in movies or television, watching astronauts floating and somersaulting inside their spacecraft.
But researchers know that weightlessness can also reduce an astronaut’s muscle mass and bone density, with longer term consequences to posture, locomotion, and motor control. If microgravity alters the composition of the body, Dr. Rachael Seidler wonders, does it also cause structural changes to the brain?
The associate professor of Movement Science has been awarded over $2.5 million in research grants to study the issue. Her findings may have implications not only for astronauts but for the rest of us earth-bound humans. (More)