European Space Agency role for USW Sports Professor

Prof Damian Bailey

Professor Damian Bailey, Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry at USW's Neurovascular Research Unit, has been appointed Chair of the Life Sciences Working Group at the European Space Agency.

Professor Bailey - who teaches on the Sport and Exercise Science degree and MSc Sport Health and Exercise Science at USW and supervises sports PhD students - will lead Europe’s best scientists to guide and inform future space-related biomedical research with the long-term focus on deep spaceflight.

This is the first time that a UK representative has been appointed into this prestigious role.

"Space science has been a ‘brain-spark’ of mine since childhood. Much of our team’s focus will be on making deep-space exploration safe, culminating in a (wo)manned mission to Mars that is firmly science fact and not just fiction," said Professor Bailey.

"From a personal perspective, I’m especially interested in how micro/hypergravity impacts astronaut brain function having completed several parabolic flight experiments," Professor Bailey continued.


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