Dr. Klotman tours new NSBRI/CSM facility

Aug. 1, 2011

From left: Dr. Jeffrey P. Sutton, Dr. Paul Klotman, Dr. Leroy Chiao and Dr. Jonathan B. Clark.
From left: Dr. Jeffrey P. Sutton, Dr. Paul Klotman, Dr. Leroy Chiao and Dr. Jonathan B. Clark.

Baylor College of Medicine President and CEO Dr. Paul Klotman recently toured the new state-of-the-art home for BCM's Center for Space Medicine and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's headquarters.

The 16,000-square-foot consolidated research facility, which opened June 6, is located on the ninth floor of Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative at the corner of University Boulevard and Main Street. Hosting the tour was Dr. Jeffrey P. Sutton, NSBRI director and CSM director. Sutton was joined by NSBRI User Panel chairman and former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao and Dr. Jonathan Clark, NSBRI space medicine advisor and former NASA flight surgeon. Both Chiao and Clark are members of CSM.

"This facility will go a long way in ensuring that NSBRI and CSM are international leaders in space biomedical research and space medicine for years to come," Sutton said. "It will also strengthen BCM, Rice and the Texas Medical Center as a hub of scientific and technical collaboration with NASA and other space-faring nations."

The facility features multiple reconfigurable laboratories, meeting rooms, a student/faculty collaboration area and office space for NSBRI headquarters and BCM personnel, as well as space for visiting NSBRI researchers from leading institutions from across the country. In addition to the ninth-floor facility, NSBRI and CSM have access to BRC classrooms and a 280-seat auditorium.

NSBRI is tentatively scheduled to host its first project demonstration in the new research facility in late August.