NASA, NSBRI Select Proposals To Support Health On Space Missions

WASHINGTON -- NASA's Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, of Houston will fund 11
proposals to help investigate questions about astronaut health and
performance on future space exploration missions. The selected
proposals, representing 10 institutions in eight states, will receive
a total of almost $10 million over a three- to four-year period.

The Human Research Program provides knowledge and technologies to
improve human health and performance during space exploration. The
program also develops possible countermeasures for problems
experienced during space travel.

Goals include the successful completion of exploration missions and
preservation of astronauts' health throughout their lives. The
program quantifies crew health and performance risks during
spaceflight and develops strategies that mission planners can use to
monitor and mitigate health and performance risks.

The 11 projects were selected from 50 proposals received in response
to a research announcement titled "Research and Technology
Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space
Exploration Missions."

The proposals were reviewed by scientific and technical experts from
academia, industry and government. Seven of the projects will be
assigned to the Human Research Program's team of principal
investigators, while four will join NSBRI's team-based research

NSBRI is a NASA-funded consortium of institutions studying health
risks related to long-duration spaceflight. The institute's science,
technology and education projects take place at more than 60
institutions across the United States.

A complete list of the selected principal investigators, organizations
and proposals is available on the Web at:


For information about NASA's Human Research Program, visit:


For information about NSBRI's science, technology and education
programs, visit:


For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:


Source: NASA

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