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Human Research Program/National Space Biomedical Research Institute Awards
NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) have selected 11 research proposals from 50 received from NASA Research Announcement NNJ09ZSA002N, “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 11 meritorious proposals representing eight states and 10 institutions. These grants are collectively valued at approximately $10 million over a three- to four-year period. The selected investigations address astronaut health and performance risks for future space exploration missions and are listed below.

NASA Awards
  • Thomas Barstow, Ph.D., Kansas State University, Standardized "Pre-flight" Exercise Tests to Predict Performance during Extravehicular Activities in a Lunar Environment
  • Scott Dulchavsky, M.D., Ph.D., Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, Sonographic Astronaut Vertebral Examination
  • Alan Hargens, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Risk of Intervertebral Disc Damage after Prolonged Space Flight
  • Jean Hunter, Ph.D., Cornell University, Effects of Retronasal Smelling, Variety and Choice on Appetite and Satiety
  • Steven Shea, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital, Identification of Cardiometabolic Vulnerabilities Caused by Effects of Synergistic Stressors That Are Commonly Encountered during Space Missions
  • Mark Shelhamer, Sc.D., Johns Hopkins University, Sensorimotor Assessment and Rehabilitation Apparatus: Procedures and Equipment
  • Randall Urban, M.D., Testosterone and Leucine Supplementation as Gender Specific Countermeasures against Musculoskeletal Losses during Space Exploration, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
NSBRI Awards

Cardiovascular Alterations Team
  • Craig Crandall, Ph.D., The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Temperature Regulatory and Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise during Long-Duration Spaceflight
  • Benjamin Levine, M.D., The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Cardiovascular Imaging and Strategies to Mitigate the Risk for Cardiac Events in Astronauts during Prolonged Spaceflight
  • James Thomas, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Impact of Long-Duration Spaceflight on Cardiac Structure and Function
Smart Medical Systems and Technology Team
  • Gary Strangman, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Distributed System for Spaceflight Biomedical Support