About the Translational Research Institute for Space Health

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health is a Baylor College of Medicine led consortium with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Funded by NASA through a cooperative agreement, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health 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. 

The Institute 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 and facilities that bridge earth and space health medicine.

The power of the Institute lies in the strength and synergy of the consortium. The Translational Research Institute for Space Health is headquartered at Baylor College of Medicine 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 Houston 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.

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health 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.