Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
The ISS provides a platform for conducting Rodent Research (RR) in microgravity and 9 missions have been successfully conducted. The results from these experiments have begun to provide new insights into the effects of spaceflight on mammalian physiological systems. After RR-1-4, the Flight IACUC required inclusion of additional cage enrichment into the Rodent Habitats (RH) to “enhance animal well-being by providing animals with sensory and motor stimulation, through structures and resources that facilitate the expression of species typical behaviors”. A Hut, in the form of a rigid, mesh igloo-like shelter was implemented beginning with RR-5. The potential influence of the Hut in the novel cage environment of RH on various spaceflight-sensitive physiological systems has not been fully explored.
American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR)
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Paul, A. M., Shirazi-Fard, Y., Reyes, A., Lowe, M., Cheng-Campbell, M., Choi, S., Almeida, E., Ronca, A., & Globus, R. K. (2019). Characterization of Sensory and Shelter Enrichment in The Rodent Research Habitat. , (). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/publication/1967
Dr. Paul was not affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the time this paper was published.