UNT Health Science Project Targets Astronauts’ Immune Systems

The project also is intended to increase employment diversity in the field of space biomedicine.

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How will reduced gravity during spaceflight affect astronauts’ immune systems? That’s the focus of research being done by longtime collaborators at the UNT Health Science Center and Langston University, a historically black college in Oklahoma. 

The teams are working on a five-year project funded by a $4.5 million grant from NASA. The research also is intended to promote diversity in the field of space biomedicine, said Harlan Jones, assistant professor in the UNTHSC Institute of Molecular Medicine and director of the Center for Diversity and International Programs.

According to a release, the project will look at natural approaches to could help “dysregulation” of the immune systems in astronauts.

The release said that during long space flights, some astronauts’ immune cells can become less active, who other can become more active.


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