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NASA: 97-043

NASA: 97-043

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Michael BraukusHeadquarters, Washington, DC March 14, 1997(Phone: 202/358-1979)RELEASE: 97-43NASA NAMES A NEW NATIONAL BIOMEDICAL RESEARCHINSTITUTENASA has selected Baylor College of Medicine, Houston,TX, to lead the consortium for its new National SpaceBiomedical Research Institute. In its role as an Institute,Baylor will conduct the focused biomedical research necessaryto support human health in the exploration and development ofspace.Following a 60-day cooperative agreement for detaileddefinition, a five year agreement with three, five-yearextensions will be awarded on June 1, 1997. The total valueof the 20-year agreement is approximately $145 million. TheJohnson Space Center, Houston, TX, will sponsor theInstitute.NASA identified the concept of a science institute as ameans of maintaining the scientific excellence of its appliedbiomedical research through a greater involvement of thescientific community in NASAs overall research program.
NASA believes this pilot program will be a nationalconsortium of premier academic and research organizations,developing the solutions to medical risks associated withextended human space flight.The members of the National Space Biomedical ResearchInstitute consortium are: Harvard Medical School, Cambridge,MA; Johns Hopkins Universitys Applied Physics Laboratory,
Laurel, MD; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,MA; Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA; RiceUniversity, Houston, TX; and Texas A & M University, CollegeStation, TX.The specific objectives of the Institute include:-- Implementation of a research plan that will leadto theknowledge and technologies required for long-duration spaceflight, including specific countermeasures;-- Ensure the dissemination of knowledge to the scientificcommunity;-- Facilitate science community access to NASAs space

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