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The UK’s first Space Innovation Lab, dedicated to understanding the effect of space microgravity on the ageing process, has opened at Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS).

Led by Dr Ghada Alsaleh, researchers will have direct operational connection to the International Space Station (ISS) to follow their research experiments, in particular on human tissue samples that might provide a better understanding of the mechanisms of ageing, and lead to potential treatments to address age-associated diseases.

The Oxford lab joins a global network of Space Innovation Labs that have been created through a partnership between Metavisionaries (UK) and Space Applications Services (BE). The aim of the partnership is to promote the scientific, industrial, and educational application of the Metaverse and cooperate on related space knowledge transfer.

Wasim Ahmed (CEO of Metavisionaries) said:

‘Space belongs to us all, and it is our shared responsibility to explore its potential for improving human life. Our partnership with Space Applications Services and now the University of Oxford allows us to leverage space microgravity as an untapped frontier for medical research. As Neil Armstrong once said, “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”’

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