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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