February 26, 2024
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2024 International Society for Gravitational Physiology meeting heads to Dubai

Event takes place in the Arab region for the first time

The Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) will host the 43rd International Society for Gravitational Physiology (ISGP) meeting from May 26-31, 2024, at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) in Dubai City.

Due to be held for the first time in the Arab region, the event will bring together eminent scientists, representatives from space agencies, young researchers, and students.

The 42nd ISGP meeting was held in Antwerp, Belgium, from July 2-7, 2023.

Held annually in a different member country, each ISGP meeting serves as a collaborative platform and aims to exchange knowledge on gravity’s biological and physiological effects on living organisms while highlighting new research and educational opportunities in gravitational physiology.

HQ in France

Headquartered in Angers, France, the ISGP promotes openly and internationally the advancement, exchange and dissemination of scientific knowledge among researchers and scholars concerned with the biological and physiological effects of gravity (earth gravity, its increase, its decrease) on living organisms.

This focus encompasses Earth’s gravity and interactions with all environmental conditions (such as isolation or radiation) that might be encountered during spaceflight or space exploration.

The ISGP also seeks to encourage understanding by the public, students, and young scientists of the physiological roles of gravity and the space environment.

The ISGP also assists and works with other non-profit or academic organisations that seek to develop knowledge concerning the effects of gravity and the space environment on living organisms.

Pr. Marc-Antoine Custaud, President of ISGP, said: “We are pleased to announce that our 43rd annual ISGP meeting will be held in Dubai and hosted by MBRSC. This will be an important event for all international researchers working in space physiology, providing a wonderful opportunity to meet each other.”

‘Significant milestone’

Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General, MBRSC, said: “Hosting the 43rd ISGP Meeting is a significant milestone in our efforts to foster knowledge sharing and scientific collaboration.

“This event aligns with our commitment to enhancing the understanding of space and its impact on life. By bringing together leading experts in gravitational physiology, we aim to further the boundaries of space science research and education, contributing substantially to the local and global scientific community. We are grateful to MBRU for partnering on this event. The university has collaborated on numerous projects, including experiments for astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi during his historic mission aboard the International Space Station.

“It is through such collaborations that we can unlock the potential of space and its profound effects on human health, driving innovation and discovery in the space sector. We look forward to gaining new insights into the world of gravitational science through this meeting and hope it fosters a culture of scientific excellence and exploration, contributing to the progress of humanity and our understanding of the universe,” Al Marri added.

Dr Amer Sharif, CEO of Dubai Health and President of MBRU, noted: “We are proud to be part of the 43rd ISGP meeting held at MBRU. This event is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn, network and gain insights into the impact of gravity on physiological processes and enhance their understanding of human health in different gravitational environments.

“Such scientific events perfectly align with our MBRU and Dubai Health missions. Our integrated academic health system strongly emphasises lifelong learning, as we are very much committed to ensuring that our learners are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the local and global scientific community, ultimately advancing health for humanity.”

The upcoming event allows the UAE science community to engage with global experts in gravitational physiology and learn about UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi’s research projects during his six-month mission on the International Space Station.

Abstract submissions for the 43rd ISGP meeting are now open, while registrations will be opened in February 2024. For more information: https://www.isgp-space.org/

Featured image: UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi inside the International Space Station’s Kibo laboratory module on August 18, 2023. Image: NASA

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

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