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The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (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 and facilities that bridge earth and space health.

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Focused Investigation Program (FIP)

Bob Main, ABOM

Web Vision Centers Group, South Jordan, Utah

Development of a self-imaging, wide-angle, high-resolution retinal imaging system for human spaceflight applications

Eva Sevick-Muraca, Ph.D.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas

Quantification of the lymphatic pump strength and assessment of CSF drainage into the lymphatics during HDT

2017 Translational Research Institute Research Topics

Charles Chiu, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
In-flight metagenomic monitoring of infections and associated host responses in astronauts

Lawrence David, Ph.D.

Duke University, Durham, NC
Personalizing prebiotic therapies for astronauts' gut microbiota

Donald Fox, Ph.D.

Duke University, Durham, NC
Mining biology's extremes for new space radiation resistance strategies

Dawn Kernagis, Ph.D.

Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, FL
Cervical lymphatic function quantification and associated molecular changes in response to simulated microgravity

Robert Langer, Sc.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, ME
Gastrointestinal devices for long-term in situ delivery of therapeutic microbes

George Pantalos, Ph.D.

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Creating surgical capabilities for exploration space flight

Christopher Porada, Ph.D.

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Winston Salem, NC

Novel microfluidic biomarker detection platforms to monitor in vivo effects of solar particle events and galactic cosmic rays radiation, using mice with human hematopoietic systems

Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Discovery of human radiation-protection genes and pathways

Kasthuri Venkateswaran, Ph.D.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Omics in space: Technology development for omics instrumentations and biomolecule measurements

Lihong Wang, Ph.D.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Label-free photoacoustic lymphatic flowgraphy in simulated microgravity

Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2017

Heather Allaway, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Will use of long-acting, reversible contraceptives mitigate bone loss in female rats during simulated exploration class missions?

Mentor: Susan Bloomfield, Ph.D.

Micaela Cunha, Ph.D.

Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

A mechanistic framework to assess the efficacy of aspirin and other radioprotectors to reduce carcinogenesis by space radiations

Mentor: David Brenner, Ph.D.  

Karina Marshall-Bowman, Ph.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Maine

Assessment of artificial gravity as a countermeasure to cephalad fluid shifting

Mentor: Quan Zhang, Ph.D. 

Vivekanand Vimal, Ph.D.

Brandeis University, Waltham, Maine

Predicting individual differences in learning to manually stabilize attitude in a space flight analog environment

Mentor: Paul DiZio, Ph.D.