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NASA Selects Four Proposals to Study Space Radiation Risks
NASA has selected four proposals for NASA Specialized Centers of Research (NSCOR) in support of the Space Radiation Program Element within the Human Research Program. An NSCOR consists of a team of investigators who have complementary skills and who work together to solve a closely focused set of research questions.

The selected proposals represent four institutions in New York, Texas, California and the District of Columbia, as well as several collaborating institutions throughout the country. NASA’s investment of $28.4 million will fund this collaborative research in understanding space radiation carcinogenesis and central nervous system risks and will pave the way for effective countermeasures development during a five-year award period. The proposals were reviewed by non-NASA scientific and technical experts and selected by NASA.

Winners are listed below:
  • Nelson, Gregory, Loma Linda University, Charged Particle Radiation and Resultant Oxidative Stress Elicit Deleterious Functional Changes in the Central Nervous System
  • Barcellos-Hoff, Mary, New York University School of Medicine, The contribution of non-targeted effects in HZE cancer risk
  • Ullrich, Robert, University of Texas Medical Branch, NASA Specialized Center of Research on Radiation Carcinogenesis
  • Fornace, Albert, Georgetown University, Space Radiation and Intestinal Tumorigenesis: Risk Assessment and Counter Measure Development