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Extra, extra! Space mission front-page news


Our lab’s launch found itself above the fold this week, with an in-depth feature article published on the front page of the “Indianapolis Star.”

Reporter Stephanie Hamilton interviewed Dr. Melissa Kacena for the story, which included details about the recent SpaceX launch, along with a look at the history and focus of the program.

In the piece, Dr. Kacena spoke of the importance of our team’s research—tying the effects of an out-of-this-world study to everyday patients back here on Earth.

“(The FDA-approved drug) requires gravity to help the way it works,” Kacena said in the article. “If the patient has been bedridden, or in a wheelchair, or if the patient is on crutches, you’re not getting that extra simulation that’s required.”


Featured in photos that were published in print and online were Fazal Bhatti, Luke McVeigh, Nick Diggins and Deepa Kanagasabapathy.

Read the complete story on the Indy Star’s website.

The views expressed in this content represent the perspective and opinions of the author and may or may not represent the position of Indiana University School of Medicine.

Katie Duffey

Katie Duffey joined the Indiana University School of Medicine Office of Strategic Communications as assistant director in 2018 after a 14-year career in newspaper journalism. Contact Katie at