Bal space medicine long

Hi, my name is Bal, and I’m a medical student
here at the University of Newcastle. This year, I’ve been working with Professor
Neil Spratt, using an ultrasound machine to see how blood flow changes in the brain, and
specifically, how it changes in the brains of people who have had a stroke. What I’m looking for over the next month
or so, in order to get my project done on time, I’d really appreciate getting maybe
thirty people to come in for an hour session so we can have a look at how some of the vessels
are acting in your brain. The reason that I’m interested in this really
is that it’s not only a good way of learning about stroke and how we can improve patient
outcomes in the future, but it’s also part of my own interest in space medicine. And what I’m really interested to see, as
we look towards going to, back to the moon again, and back to Mars is how astronauts’
brains change in space. And some of the techniques we’re using in
this project are possibly some things we could be looking to use in space, and even further
afield into the future. Gillian Awesome. And so you’re going to a conference soon? Bal That’s right, so in October this year,
as part of this interest I have in space medicine, I’m going to the International Astronautical
Congress to present some work that I did earlier on in the year, specifically on how the brain
changes in space, and how we may actually be at more of a risk of some cognitive issues
and maybe some neurodegenerative disease as well. Gillian So that’s when you’re in space? Potentially that can happen. Bal Yes, so astronauts are actually at a huge
risk of worsened brain conditions as part of the environment they’re in. So the microgravity environment is really
quite extreme, and there’s a lot or radiation, and there’s a lot of fluid changes because
you don’t have gravity presssing down on your blood anymore. So there’s all these factors to consider,
and what’s really exciting about this project is that the techniques that we’re using
here could potentially be applied in those groups as well. Gillian So people with stroke could genuinely
help the space research of the future. Bal Well they could definitely be part of
a building progress towards understanding how the human body acts in space. And finding these models on Earth is a fantastic
way to examine how we could look at the body in space. Gillian So I’m just going to interrupt from
the back of the camera, and ask how on earth you have time to be presenting at space congresses
and doing that sort of work while you’re doing a medicine degree. Bal It’s all very pushed for time. It’s been a very adventure-filled year,
but it’s getting to more of a stressful point now over the next month or two. So it’d be really great to find some people
in the coming weeks so that I can get all the loose ends tied up.

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