Improving Astronauts’ Muscle Health on September 7


The fall 2022 lineup for Ohio University’s Science Café kicks off with Nathaniel Szewczyk, Ph.D., discussing “Worms in Space: Improving Astronaut Muscle Health” at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at The Baker Center Theater and via YouTube.

To celebrate the first coffee of the season, come at 4:30 p.m. and join Ohio University’s Sigma Xi Chapter for an ice cold treat. Free coffee coupons will also be provided to the first 50 people.

“It turns out that worms have muscles and can experience the same problems as humans in space,” said Szewczyk, who will talk about conducting experiments with worms on the International Space Station.

Szewczyk is Professor and Principal Investigator at the Ohio Musculoskeletal & Neurological Institute and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, DO Endowed Professor in Molecular Medicine in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He has been studying worm muscle health for 20 years. Like humans, worm muscles decline with age, disease, and reduced gravity in space. His research focuses on drug and dietary interventions that may decrease or reverse space-related muscle decline.

“Conducting experiments in space is a challenge. By combining experiments on the ground and in space, our lab hopes to find new treatments for astronauts,” says Szewczyk.

For more information, contact Roxanne Malé-Brune at [email protected]

The series is supported by The Ohio University Research Division and The Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. For more information, visit the Science Café website.

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Schedule of the Café des sciences fall 2022

Wednesday, September 7, Nate Szewczyk, Biomedical Sciences, “Worms in Space: Improving Astronaut Muscle Health,” video

Wednesday, October 5, Viorel Popescu, Biological Sciences, “The Secret Life of #RealBobcatsOfOhio”

Wednesday, November 2, Lynn Harter, Communication Studies

Wednesday, December 7, Kim Thompson and David Rosenthal, environmental and plant biology


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