The Life Sciences programme of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) began in 1990 as an integral part of the Scientific Programme. Today the Medicine and Biotechnologies Programme (MED) has the specific objective of gaining knowledge through space research and of transferring and translating this knowledge to biomedical applications here on Earth. The programme is focused, in particular, on five projects of application research that require specific equipment and flight opportunities. ASI, thanks in particular to its cooperation with ESA, NASA and the Russian Space Agency (FSA), supplies access to various kinds of space platforms ranging from parabolic flights to the International Space Station.
In order to achieve these objectives a scientific and industrial network has been created throughout the years. Today, over one thousand researchers, 164 research institutes and 18 industries are involved in this challenge.
ISS scientific payloadsASI medical experiment programmes on the ISS
BED-REST Simulating the physiological effects of the absence of gravity
Biotechnology Applications (MoMa)Coordination: Università di Udine (University of Udine)
Bioregenerative Environmental Control Project (CAB)Advanced technologies for man’s life in space
Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics Project (GPM)Modifications of the cellular functions due to the space environment
Motor and Cardiorespiratory Control Disturbances Project (DCMC)Coordination: Università di Roma Tor Vergata (University of Rome-Tor Vergata)
Osteoporosis and Muscular Atrophy Project (OSMA)Coordination: Università di Bari (University of Bari)
FOTON/BIONASI's first mission on Russian automatic satellites