The Bristol Bone Biologists used a Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC), which ran for 48 hours, to see whether zebrafish develop normally in altered gravitational fields. The zebrafish larvae have returned to Bristol's Hammond Lab in the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience and the students will now study their joints and immune cells.
Dr Chrissy Hammond was awarded a grant from UK Space agency: 'The affect of microgravity on the spine, an experiment from the ISS'. The amount awarded is £1.3 million for 2.5 years in partnership with Prof Kate Robson-Brown from the Faculty of Arts and Richard Trask and Andrew Caldwell from Science and Technology Facilities Council.
A team of student biologists [the Bristol Bone Biologists] have been selected to take part in the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office Spin Your Thesis! 2018 programme, which will take place in the Netherlands this September.
Three academics from the University of Bristol will explore Mars and the microgravity environment, thanks to funding from the UK Space Agency in the latest round of the Aurora Science Programme and the Human Spaceflight and Microgravity programme.