Baylor College of Medicine


New biomedical research projects address space health risks

Jeannette Sanchez


Houston, TX -

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at by Baylor College of Medicine has selected 15 new scientists who will focus on biomedical research projects.

The newest wave of awardees will develop solutions that will solve the highest priority risks to human health and performance during deep-space missions.

Topic areas include drug-free optimization of human performance; artificial intelligence and predictive algorithms of health, behavior and medical events; novel shielding materials for preserving medications; radiation countermeasures; and multipurpose edible plants.

During the two years in which they will be funded, the awardees will be tasked with delivering groundbreaking investigative research in these areas to protect human health in space.

The selected award recipients for the annual Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) 1801 solicitation are:

Antino Allen, Ph.D.

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
  • Photobiomodulation to ameliorate neuronal degeneration and cognitive decline after mixed field irradiation 

Allison Anderson, Ph.D.

  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Performance enhancement through multi-modal stochastic resonance

Mathias Basner, M.D.

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
  • Advanced algorithms for the prediction of adverse cognitive and behavioral conditions in space

Afshin Beheshti, Ph.D.

  • NASA’s Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif.
  • miRNA signature detection and countermeasures against HZE radiation exposure for tissue degeneration

Dawn Bowles, Ph.D.

  • Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.
  • Gene therapy countermeasures for detrimental effects of space radiation

Anushree Chatterjee, Ph.D.

  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Nucleic acid therapy platform for real-time countermeasures during spaceflight missions

Barbara Demmig-Adams, Ph.D.

  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Co-optimization of duckweed biomass, nutritional quality and input-use efficiency

David Dinges, Ph.D.

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
  • Evaluation of SmartSleep technology for improving the efficiency and restorative quality of sleep in healthy adults in order to mitigate cognitive performance deficits due to sleep restriction and emergency awakenings

Jacek Dmochowski, Ph.D.

  • City College of New York
  • Boosting brain metabolism in spaceflight with transcranial photobiomodulation

Robert Jinkerson, Ph.D.

  • University of California, Riverside
  • Genetically minimizing non-edible portions of plants for spaceflight applications

David Kaplan, Ph.D.

  • Tufts University, Medford, Mass.
  • Silk composite biomaterials for shielding medications in space

George Mias, Ph.D.

  • Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Integrative personalized omics profiling next steps: detection and classification of deviations from wellness 

Donna Roberts, M.D.

  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • Safety and efficacy of an accelerated protocol of intermittent theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to enhance performance and promote resilience in astronauts 

Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D.

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • OASIS: Optimizing Auditory Stimulation to Improve cognitive performance using SmartSleep 

Seung-Schik Yoo, Ph.D.

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
  • Wearable modular focused ultrasound systems for non-invasive stimulation of the human brain during deep space exploration

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health is funded through a cooperative agreement from NASA to Baylor College of Medicine with consortium partners California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

TRISH is closely partnered with the NASA Human Research Program and strives to recruit new investigators and fund new approaches to solve challenges faced by humans in deep space. Ten of the 15 investigators funded in this round are new to this community of scientists.

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