This project is solving the Seeing in Space challenge.

Seeing in space

Intracranial pressure is known to cause visual impairment in astronauts on long duration flights. For some, this impairment is short-lived after a space flight, and for others it persists. The precise cause is currently unknown. Study of this syndrome is relatively new and interest among space medical professionals increasing.

NASA has made it a high priority to understand this syndrome and provide mitigation techniques to protect crewmembers from visual impairment.

While there are many possible factors that could contribute to intracranial hypertension associated with spaceflight, the relative contribution of these, as well as the processes by which eye damage occurs as a result of intracranial hypertension, are not fully understood.

The observed pathophysiological phenomena are extremely complex and it is likely that multiple factors contribute to their incidence, rather than one simple mechanism.

Challenge Description

This challenge is to create a visualization and/or model to help better understand intracranial pressure and its contributing factors. The solution should graphically represent the Visual Impairment/Intracranial Pressure (VIIP) data by creating a visualization color coded like a gene array. The visualization may help researchers better understand the complexity of causes of visual impairment from intracranial pressure

Project Information

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