Michael Braukus Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1979) RELEASE: 97-43

March 14, 1997

NASA NAMES A NEW NATIONAL BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE NASA has selected Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, to lead the consortium for its new National Space Biomedical Research Institute. In its role as an Institute, Baylor will conduct the focused biomedical research necessary to support human health in the exploration and development of space. Following a 60-day cooperative agreement for detailed definition, a five year agreement with three, five-year extensions will be awarded on June 1, 1997. The total value of the 20-year agreement is approximately $145 million. The Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, will sponsor the Institute. NASA identified the concept of a science institute as a means of maintaining the scientific excellence of its applied biomedical research through a greater involvement of the scientific community in NASA�s overall research program. NASA believes this pilot program will be a national consortium of premier academic and research organizations, developing the solutions to medical risks associated with extended human space flight. The members of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute consortium are: Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA; Johns Hopkins University�s Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA; Rice University, Houston, TX; and Texas A & M University, College Station, TX. The specific objectives of the Institute include: -- Implementation of a research plan that will leadto the knowledge and technologies required for long-duration space flight, including specific countermeasures; -- Ensure the dissemination of knowledge to the scientific community; -Facilitate science community access to NASA�s space

biomedical research expertise and facilities; -- Ensure that technology development and knowledge are transferred to the private sector. As the Institute�s sponsor, the Johnson Space Center will make available to Baylor, NASA�s considerable knowledge and expertise in the area of biomedical research in general and human space flight in particular, and the associated facilities and assets which were developed in more than 30years of human space flight. -end-