MRI technique developed at Vision Lab uncovers changes in brains of astronauts

Researchers at the University of Antwerp are studying the impact of long-duration spaceflight on one of our most important organs: the brain. In the past 7 years, an international team of scientists has been collecting and processing diffusion MRI scans of Russian cosmonauts, before and after their six-month stay in in the International Space Station.

Using multi-tissue constrained spherical deconvolution, an analysis technique developed at the Vision Lab by Dr. Ben Jeurissen, the team was able to show how the brain adapts to constant weightlessness. Their findings were published in Science Advances.

Read the publication in Science Advances