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NASA and National Space Biomedical Research Institute Select Research Proposals To Support Crew Health And Performance
April 29, 2013
NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) have selected 23 research proposals from 100 received in response to NASA Research Announcement NNJ12ZSA002N, "Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions."

Proposals were openly solicited from academia, industry and government laboratories and were judged for scientific merit by non-NASA technical experts. Following external peer review, NASA and NSBRI selected 23 meritorious proposals representing 14 states and 18 institutions. The selected investigations address astronaut health and performance risks for future space exploration missions. These grants are collectively valued at approximately $17 million over their lifetimes of one to three years and are listed below.

NASA Awards

  • Ariel Anbar, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Applying Stable Ca Isotopes in Urine as a Biomarker of Bone Mineral Balance in Spaceflight
  • Susan Bailey, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assessing Telomere Lengths and Telomerase Activity in Astronauts
  • Jennifer Barrila, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Evaluating the Spaceflight Infectious Disease Risk Potential of Pathogenic and Commensal microorganisms using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Human Surrogate Model for Infection
  • Thomas Barstow, Ph.D., Kansas State University, Determining the Effect of Space Flight on the Incidence of Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Disease
  • Kim Binsted, Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Key Contributors to the Maintenance and Regulation of Team Function and Performance on Long Duration Exploration Missions
  • Grace Douglas, Ph.D., NASA Johnson Space Center, Delivery of Probiotics in the Space Food System
  • C. Ross Ethier, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Microgravity-driven Optic Nerve/Sheath Remodeling Simulator
  • Harry Hogan, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Can Benefits from a Single Administration of Bisphosphonates Extend to a Second Later Exposure to Microgravity?
  • Steve Kozlowski Ph.D., Michigan State University, Measuring, Monitoring, and Regulating Teamwork for Long Duration Missions
  • Patricia Parsons-Wingerter, Ph.D., NASA Glenn Research Center, Mapping by VESGEN of Blood Vessels in the Human Retina Undergoing Bed Rest for Improved Understanding of Visual Impairments and Increased Intracranial Pressure
  • Nahid Rianon, M.D., University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Effects of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors on Bone Turnover
  • Eduardo Salas, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, Evidenced-based Metrics Toolkit for Measuring Safety and Efficiency in Human-Automation Systems
  • Scott Smith, Ph.D., NASA Johnson Space Center, Space Biochemistry Profile
  • Susana Zanello, Ph.D., Universities Research Association, Brain Gene Expression Signatures from Cerebrospinal Fluid Exosome RNA Profiling

NSBRI Awards

Cardiovascular Alterations Team

  • Jay C. Buckey, Jr., M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Ocular Venous Contributions to Spaceflight Visual Impairment
  • Steven Platts, Ph.D., NASA Johnson Space Center, Effects of Long Duration Spaceflight on Venous and Arterial Compliance in Astronauts

Human Factors and Performance Team

  • Kevin R. Duda, Ph.D., Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Metrics and Methods for Real-Time Task Performance Assessment

Musculoskeletal Alterations Team

  • Deborah L. Feltz, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Cyber Partners: Harnessing Group Dynamics to Boost Motivation for More Efficient Exercise

Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team

  • David F. Dinges, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Optical Computer Recognition of Stress, Affect and Fatigue in Space Flight
  • Eduardo Salas, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, Using Real-Time Lexical Indicators to Detect Performance Decrements in Spaceflight Teams: A Methodology to Dynamically Monitor Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Mechanisms that Influence Performance

Sensorimotor Adaptation Team

  • Laurence R. Young, Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Countermeasures to Reduce Sensorimotor Impairment and Space Motion Sickness Resulting from Altered Gravity Levels

Smart Medical Systems and Technology Team

  • Mike R. Bailey, Ph.D., University of Washington, Prevention of Renal Stone Complications in Space Exploration
  • Yi-Xian Qin, Ph.D., Stony Brook University, Portable Quantitative Ultrasound with DXA/QCT and FEA Integration for Human Longitudinal Critical Bone Quality Assessment
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