Space Health Institute awards nearly $ 4 million for studies on protecting the body from damage by reducing metabolism

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Space Health Institute awards nearly $ 4 million for studies on protecting the body from damage by reducing metabolism

Press release from: Translational Research Institute for Space Health
Posted: Monday September 20 2021

The Translational Research Institute for Spatial Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine awards nearly $ 4 million in awards to four outstanding research teams in response to its 2101 Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) 2101 solicitation. previously for reduce potential damage to the environment by manipulating human metabolism and normal state of being at the cellular level or the whole organism.

Like NASA Artemis missions bringing humans back to the moon, TRISH is working on countermeasures to address the human health and performance challenges that accompany deep space exploration. Altering the body’s metabolic and homeostatic processes could help reduce damage from space radiation or reduced gravity, while minimizing the need for food and medical supplies for future long-duration crewed missions.

With funding from TRISH, these researchers will immerse themselves in emerging scientific and biomedical advances, as well as disruptive technologies using space exploration as an analogue to protect human health here on Earth.

“These exceptional winners presented avant-garde proposals. Each project offers a unique opportunity to advance human health research at the forefront of science fiction, ”said TRISH Executive Director Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D.“ This creative research has the potential to protect all humans by advancing tissue transplantation or helping patients with medical conditions such as heart or brain damage that could be helped by reducing cellular activity. “

Laureates will begin their TRISH-funded research in April 2022.

The BRASH 2101 winners:

  • Clifton Callaway, MD, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Cold sleep for long duration space flights
  • Tammy Chang, MD, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
    • The effect of isochoric supercooling on the metabolic function of the human liver
  • Allyson Hindle, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • Can humans hibernate in warm temperatures?
  • Christopher Porada, Ph.D., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • Use human organoids and fossilized remains of extinct hominids to unlock the secrets of torpor / hibernation

As a partner of the NASA Human Research Program, TRISH helps solve health problems associated with human exploration of deep space. The Institute finds and funds groundbreaking and groundbreaking research and technologies that can reduce risks to the health and performance of astronauts.

The Institute is funded by a cooperative agreement with NASA at Baylor College of Medicine and includes consortium partners, the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Learn more about the Translational Research Institute for Space Health and register with the Institute Monthly news.

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