No. 2: CASIS Survey

Greetings GeneLab Users,

GeneLab would like to call your attention to a CASIS survey currently available to the public, and intended to garner information about the most relevant model organisms for human disease research.

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is a nonprofit organization selected by NASA in 2011 to promote and manage research on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. The objective of CASIS ( is to expand utilization of the ISS for scientific research and technology development that will benefit those on Earth.

As part of this mission, CASIS has initiated an effort to utilize research on the ISS to improve human health on Earth - particularly the prevention, identification, and treatment of disease. CASIS has termed this initiative the “Good Health Campaign.” 

We are contacting you to inquire if you would be willing to participate in a survey to share your subject matter expertise and help CASIS shape the initiatives they intend to pursue under the Good Health Campaign. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the most appropriate model organisms, types of samples, and data analysis approaches used in your field to better understand human disease.

The disease areas of primary interest for initial investigation on the ISS National Lab include the following:

  • Musculoskeletal defects/disease
  • Radiation effects, particularly on the nervous system
  • Microbiome alterations
  • Cardiovascular deconditioning
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Intracranial hypertension
  • Nutrition and metabolomics
  • Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • Cell differentiation and cancer
  • Aging

The brief survey is no longer available. Please direct any inquires to us by submitting a contact form to the team.

The GeneLab Team