The Space Health Project began in February 2019 and has since grown to encompass over 30 members – making up Space Concordia’s 4th official division. We are working on applied diagnostics and research in Astrobiology.
The team consists of student researchers and support system with diverse backgrounds, such as, Engineering, Physics, Business, Biology and Biochemistry, and aims to develop new applications in space medicine. In pursuit of better understanding the human immune response through physiological changes induced by airborne microgravity environment on human cells, we have been developing our first microfluidic platform over the last year and are excited to have begun testing in May 2020!
Space Health Division projects are centered around developing remote medicine diagnostic methods which can be used by communities that do not have access to health care. Remote medicine has become an extremely popular medical practice which has been experiencing an exponential growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are excited to be able to soon introduce to the world, Project 2.0 – which is essentially going to be used to develop a synthetic heart, and a simulated cardiovascular system, with the primary focus of studying orthostatic hypertension!
We are proud to say that we are the first and only Space Health division within Quebec and the 2nd to be founded in all of Canada. The Space Health projects have been adopted by the department of Physics, at Concordia University - in thesis and research supported by principal investigators for students and researchers within Concordia and other Quebec based universities.
A human’s physiological adaptation to microgravity can affect the function of their involuntary, sympathetic systems. Microgravity has a direct impact on one’s circulatory system.
Changes in gravitational force on the body imposes adaptational changes in cardiac muscle, thereby reducing a heart’s cardiac output. Upon an astronauts’ return to 1g environment, the microgravity-induced down- and upregulation in resistance vasculature of the lower body and brain often expresses itself as postflight orthostatic hypotension. The change in gravitational force on the body imposes adaptational changes in cardiac muscle; the change in the heart’s mechanical behavior can elicit a reduction in stroke volume during orthostasis and reduction in cardiac output. Considering the variables that regulate the functioning of the arterial and venous systems, we can model the changes imposed on the cardiovascular system under the effects of variable gravity.
In pursuit of better understanding the effects of microgravity on the human immune response, we are studying gene regulation in the Saccharomyces Cerevisiae II yeast cell, a model organism for Eukaryotes, under prolonged exposure to variable gravitational forces and space-like conditions within a microfluidics platform. Microgravity is believed to elicit changes in gene expression of Stress Response Element (STRE) genes, thereby altering signal transduction pathways associated to human cell deterioration.
Space Concordia is a large -scale student society at Concordia University that works on hands-on aerospace projects for international competitions, the Canadian Space Agency and more. Our goal is to inspire young students to pursue careers in Space medicine research, mission planning and astronautics. So far, all our big scale projects have yielded amazing results for everyone who have been directly or indirectly involved. Having a large and diverse team of talented individuals from different fields at Concordia, we have managed to secure awards at national and international competitions. All of this gives an opportunity to publicize our school and make future Concordia Graduates career ready.Get Involved
Although we only have a couple of members listed here, Space Concordia is composed of a much larger team of equally passionate people. Our job as executives is to act as ambassadors for the team and to support all Space Concordia members. We're proud and honored to be part of such an amazing team.
We invite members to read through the Space Concordia Constitution. Members are also free to suggest changes to the document.Space Concordia Constitution