Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has enlisted seven scientists to serve as team leaders in its efforts to protect astronaut health during long-duration spaceflight.
Each of the scientists will lead one of NSBRI's seven discipline area research teams focused on specific challenges faced by humans in space.
“NSBRI's position at the forefront of space biomedical research will be enhanced with these outstanding scientists serving as team leaders,” said NSBRI chief executive Jeffrey P. Sutton in a prepared statement. “Their expertise and knowledge will be beneficial to the Institute, NASA and human spaceflight in general. They will play an instrumental role in our efforts to overcome health challenges facing humans while in space and to improve health care on Earth.”
The team leaders are responsible for reporting on their teams' research projects and working closely with the NSBRI Science Office and NASA to ensure alignment with operational needs. The team leaders’ term is for three years and they must also have a currently funded NSBRI research project.
The NSBRI teams address space health concerns such as bone loss and muscle weakening, balance and orientation problems, neurobehavioral and psychosocial problems, radiation exposure, remote medical care and research capabilities, and habitability and performance issues during spaceflight.
The team leaders and their institutions are:
Cardiovascular Alterations Team
Benjamin D. Levine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Human Factors and Performance Team
Elizabeth B. Klerman, Harvard Medical School-Brigham and Women's Hospital
Musculoskeletal Alterations Team
Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Universities Space Research Association
Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team
David F. Dinges, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Radiation Effects Team
Ann R. Kennedy, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Sensorimotor Adaptation Team
Charles M. Oman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Smart Medical Systems and Technology Team
Gary E. Strangman, Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital
NSBRI, funded by NASA, is a consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing the medical technologies needed for long missions. NSBRI's science, technology and education projects take place at more than 60 institutions across the United States.