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The DLR study team comprises scientific and non-scientific employees of different backgrounds including neurology, nutrition, biology, study assistance and management. Leading and supporting different (joint) scientific projects of internal and external scientists at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine are the chief tasks of the team.
For more than 12 years, professional expertise in conducting long-term studies of several months duration for NASA/ESA resides in the study team. These studies include isolation and bed rest studies, in which test persons spend several weeks in a permanent lying, head- down-tilt position, in order to investigate effects of microgravity on the human body ensuring a healthy stay of humans in space.
In addition, the study team implements and supports outpatient studies conducted on the :envihab short-arm human centrifuge, and coordinates the National Centrifuge Program of the DLR Space Agency. These research studies include for example experiments on the perception of the body, and possible countertraining measures on a short-arm human centrifuge.
Together with the Department of Cardiovascular Aerospace Medicine, the study team analyzes the effects of hypoxic conditions for the central nervous system, and conducts ambulatory studies to examine the function and impairment of the autonomic nervous system in patients and healthy controls.
Furthermore, nutritionists and dietitians of the team prepare standardized nutritional protocols for various outpatient and inpatient studies. For certain studies, daily menus consider individual nutritional limits of 32 nutrients. The team evaluates data from the (standardized) nutrition, analyzes them together with other internal and external scientists and conducts its own nutrition studies.
Main tasks for biomedical studies and projects:
Dr. Laura de Boni
(Head of Study Team)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Aerospace Medicine