MBRSC informs the scientific community about Sultan Al Neyadi’s space mission


Dubai: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) hosted the UAE’s first space life sciences meeting bringing together members of the scientific community. The meeting, attended by professors and researchers from local and international universities, covered a variety of topics, including a comprehensive overview of the historically longest Arab space mission undertaken by Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, along with a look at the Center’s space life sciences programs, as well as presentations from research collaborators.

Al Neyadi returned to Earth on September 4 after successfully completing the mission that also made him the first Arab to perform a spacewalk. Al Neyadi participated in more than 200 experiments during his six-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The meeting was attended by esteemed institutions such as Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), American University of Sharjah (AUS), Khalifa University (KU) and the University of Malta.

During the event, attendees learned about UAE Mission 2, which details Al Neyadi’s mission to the ISS. The session provided a detailed description of her mission, explored the scientific research she conducted, and highlighted the educational importance of her journey.

The researchers present also learned about the research study application form related to this mission.

Various future programs

Another session of the day highlighted the Center’s dedication to advancing space life sciences through insights into its various programs. This included the ambitious grants from the UAE Astronaut Research Program (UAEAP) and its collaborative venture with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the Protein Crystal Growth Programme.

Additionally, the meeting provided a platform for MBRSC research collaborators to showcase their contributions. A highlight was the Maleth Program, which promotes life sciences research in space, the MBRSC said.

The collaborators of the UAEAP Research Grant Program presented their innovative projects: the Human Physiology Project and the Oral Health Project, both managed by MBRU. Collaborative efforts in the Protein Crystal Growth Program were also showcased, with studies such as MBRU’s GIRK2 protein molecule and research on Furin seeded crystallization spearheaded by KU.


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