Dr. Kacena takes bone healing study into space

March 16, 2017

Dr. Melissa Kacena sent mice to space to test a new form of bone-healing therapy.Photo By

Melissa Kacena, PhD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, returned to NASA's Kennedy Space Center last weekend to guide astronauts aboard the International Space Station through reconstructive surgery as part of the #RodentResearchIV mission. Dr. Kacena and her team sent dozens of mice into space on the SpaceX rocket, which launched Feb. 19, to test a form of bone-healing therapy with the potential to help people with traumatic bone injuries.

For the past several years, Dr. Kacena has worked with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Army to study the therapy, which could prove effective in treating soldiers injured in IED explosions.

For more, view this WTTV TV news story.