Together, the director, deputy director, development specialists and administrative personnel operate as the Translational Research Institute for Space Health management and staff. The institute, designed with a simple and efficient structure, has a minimal footprint and relies heavily on virtual connectivity to perform. The innovation specialists represent the institute's consortium and are physically located in hotbeds of technology on the east and west coasts as well as in Houston, Texas, home to the Texas Medical Center. The director, deputy director and administrative personnel are located in Houston and office in the TMC Innovation Institute and the BioScience Research Collaborative at Rice University.
Integral to the institute's science management are the innovation specialists. Located at each of the consortium's institutions, their primary responsibility is prospecting emerging scientific, medical, and technological research and products. Dr. Stephen Mayo, Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry at Caltech is deeply embedded within the West Coast entrepreneurial community. A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Mayo has taken biomedical software companies to successful exits. Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman is a professor of Practice of Aerospace Engineering at MIT and has the unique perspective of 19 years as an astronaut, having flown five shuttle missions. Dr. Gary Strangman, associate professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and MGH, is connected within the Boston biomedical community and has led projects supported by NASA, NIH, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and private foundations.
Board of Directors
Governance of the Institute rests with the consortium, working closely with NASA, to provide benefits and progress greater than either organization could achieve independently. Each consortium institution has one senior representative who serves on the TRISH Board of Directors. The Director of the Institute has an Ex Officio seat on the board. Board members assist the director and the Institute by encouraging resources from the consortium institutions are made available and utilized effectively; ensuring collaboration among the consortium institutions; and providing a large network of other entities regarding new opportunities, broad community participation, expanded leveraging and support.