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.

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TRISH-Funded Research

TRISH funds radical, disruptive medical science and technologies that can be translated to protect and optimize human health and performance during long-duration, deep space exploration missions. 

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Funding Resources

New to space health research? Not sure where to get started? TRISH can help. Visit our Career Development page to see how!

Red Risk School

Red Risk School

We gather content experts from NASA and the broader space community to effectively inform potential TRISH proposers regarding the challenges and high priority risks to crew health and performance in the spaceflight environment. Classes start April 2, 2018!

credit: Baylor College of Medicine

New: Academy of Bioastronautics

The Academy of Bioastronautics is a virtual forum that allows TRISH-funded - and aspiring - postdoctoral fellows to ask questions, receive mentorship and guidance, and connect with each other to take their research to the next level.