The Translational Research Institute for Space Health
The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is a Baylor College of Medicine-led consortium with the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Funded by NASA through a cooperative agreement, TRISH engages and enables new health technologies to predict, protect and preserve astronaut health during deep space exploration missions. We seek high-risk, high-reward, high-quality and efficient solutions that can be adapted (or translated) for use in space. We serve as a bridge between industry, government, and academia. We engage with progressive space life scientists and organizations and provide mentorship and expertise that cannot be found elsewhere.
TRISH has a single overarching mission: Lead a national effort in translating cutting-edge emerging terrestrial research into applied space flight human risk mitigation strategies for exploration missions. Simply put, we seek and fund emerging scientific and biomedical advances, radically disruptive technologies, and new engineering capabilities.
The power of the institute lies in the strength and synergy of the consortium. TRISH is headquartered at Baylor College of Medicine and maintains a small footprint in the Texas Medical Center's Innovation Institute in Houston, Texas. Baylor houses the Center for Space Medicine, the only academic entity of its kind in the United States that is codified at the level of a university department or academic center. Additionally, the physical location of Baylor - close to NASA's Johnson Space Center - is in an emerging hotbed of innovation with the world famous Texas Medical Center. Likewise, Caltech and MIT are located in or near established leaders of innovation on the West and East Coasts, respectively, that can be readily accessed and highly leveraged. All three consortium institutions have substantial scientific and technical capabilities central to the institute's mission and objectives.
TRISH operates as a virtual institute utilizing a suite of virtual, remote participation technologies allowing for the community to meet and exchange information regardless of geographical distribution.