CASIS Issues RFP for Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Research

casis_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL., May 22, 2013 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization managing research on board the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, today issued a solicitation for proposals in non-embryonic stem cell research.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to identify projects studying the effects of microgravity on non‑embryonic mammalian stem cells for one of two research emphasis areas: (1) rapid turn-around spaceflight experiments to be performed on the National Lab or (2) ground-based research that will pave the way for improved spaceflight experiments in the future. CASIS will support selected projects through grant funding, facilitation of service provider partnerships and flight coordination to and from the ISS.

Stem cells are cells that have not yet completed differentiation, the change that occurs when cells and tissues become more specialized in their functions. They display remarkable plasticity in their ability to give rise to a spectrum of cell types and ensure life-long tissue rejuvenation and regeneration. A breadth of experiments on the ground utilizing simulated microgravity, and a smaller number of experiments in space, have shown that microgravity induces changes in the way stem cells grow, divide and differentiate. Exploiting these changes may allow acceleration of traditional ground-based research studies. Stem cell biology in microgravity is thus poised to transform broad fields from discovery science to tissue engineering to regenerative medicine.

“CASIS is excited to support research in an area with such broad implications,” said CASIS Interim Executive Director Jim Royston. “Awarded projects will help demonstrate the utility of the National Lab for stem cell research and ultimately enable improvements in drug screening techniques and regenerative medicine.”

For additional information about this RFP, including instructions and information regarding stem cell research, CASIS and the ISS please visit:

http://www.iss-casis.org/Opportunities/Solicitations/RFPStemCellsResearch.aspx

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5pm EDT on July 25, 2013 via the CASIS solicitations website page.