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Research into Health Technology

Research in Health Technology

Research on ISS has allowed for innovations in surgical performance through the world’s first robotic technology capable of performing surgery inside MRI machines. This technology is making difficult brain tumor surgeries easier and impossible surgeries possible. Soon, medical technology stemming from space station robotics will enter clinical trials for use in the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer by providing increased access, precision and dexterity resulting in highly accurate and minimally invasive procedures. Development of an advanced technology solution for pediatric surgery is also in the design stages. In common laser surgeries to correct eyesight, a new technology developed on ISS is now used on Earth to track the patient’s eye and precisely direct a laser scalpel. Thermal regulation research on ISS has also led to the use of sensor technology for monitoring during surgery.

When medical facilities are not readily available such as in remote and underdeveloped regions of the world, ultrasound units are used in conjunction with protocols for performing complex procedures rapidly with remote expert guidance and training. These telemedicine and remote guidance techniques empower local healthcare providers, provide patients with access to more timely and diagnostic care, and the healthcare system is made more efficient.

A lightweight, easy-to-use device to measure nitric oxide in air exhaled by astronauts on ISS is used to study possible airway inflammation before health problems are encountered. This device is now used at some health centers to monitor levels of asthma control leading to more accurate medication dosing, reduced attacks, and improved quality of life.

The study of plasmas (charged gases that can permeate many materials and spread evenly and quickly) reveals that they support the disinfecting of chronic wounds, the neutralization of bacteria, the boosting of tumor inactivation, and even the jumpstarting plant growth.


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International Space Station Benefits for Humanity

The International Space Station is a unique laboratory for performing investigations that affect human health both in space and on Earth. During its time in orbit, the space station has enabled research that is providing a better understanding of many aspects of human health including aging, trauma, disease and environmental impacts. Driven by the need to support astronaut health, several biological and human physiological investigations have yielded important results that we on Earth can also benefit from. These results include new ways to mitigate bone loss, insights into bacterial behavior, and innovative wound- healing techniques. Advances in telemedicine, disease models, psychological stress response systems, nutrition and cell behavior are just a few more examples of the benefits that have been gained from applying studies in orbit to human health back on Earth.

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Jian Heseri’s Chinese message- One of our invaluable long…

Jian Heseri started volunteering with UKSDC in 2009,first as a supporting technical specialist, and later on as judge and “company” CEO.  After completing his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, he currently works as a reliability engineer in the petroleum industry, specialising in technical risk management and system reliability solutions in the hostile underwater environment.  The best treat for his volunteering weekends is seeing creative ideas from young candidates coming together into designs.


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Welcome to the Global Space Design Challenge summer school!

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it could be like to live in space, here’s your chance. Our exciting programme will give you the opportunity to be part of a very special global space design challenge. Not only will you design your own space settlement, but you can be part of a team that creates an exciting environment set 70 years in the future.

Our summer camp, held on 16–27 July 2018, emulates, as closely as possible, the experience of working as a member of the aerospace industry. You will receive intensive training in space settlement design and will be fully supported by our team of mentors, space scientists and aerospace engineers. Whilst working as part of a team, you will learn skills in management, problem-solving, teamwork, communication and technical and engineering competence. I cannot promise that this will be easy, but I can tell you that this will be a unique and memorable experience which may help you when considering your future career and university applications.

I am proud to say that, over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 students have taken part in one of the UK’s most successful charity space design challenges (UKSDC) organised by our team, and many are now following careers in science and engineering.

But it’s not all hard graft because you’ll be living in academic accommodation with state of the art sports facilities, and we have an exciting programme of activities so that you can relax and enjoy a wonderful time in London. You will also be exposed to three of the world’s top universities, University of Oxford and Cambridge and Imperial College London.

If you want to know more, please contact us here and we look forward to welcoming you at Imperial College London in 2018.

With best wishes,

Dr. Randall  Perry

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