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March 23-29, 2020 / Vol 39, No 12 / Hawai`i Island, USA

20 Mar 2020, 20:25 UTC
March 23-29, 2020 / Vol 39, No 12 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Biomedical Research Offers New Era of Benefits for Both Space Medicine and Terrestrial Health

As the International Space Station is set to mark 20 years of continuous human occupation in Nov and prepares for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine 2020 Decadal Survey which will determine future biological space science priorities for NASA, humanity’s outpost in space makes significant strides on what is arguably the most important use of the facility – biomedical advancement. Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications oversees NASA Human Research, Space Biology and Physical Sciences Programs in collaboration with National Institute of Health through National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Human Research Program and university partners (Baylor, Caltech, MIT) connected by Translational Research Institute for Space Health are in the midst of cutting-edge biomedical studies to understand the effects of long duration spaceflight and how to mitigate risks – studies focus on a multitude of health elements: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance, Exploration Medical Capability, Human Health Countermeasures, International Space Station Medical Projects, and Space Radiation. Since ISS National Lab was designated a U.S. National Laboratory in 2005, commercial research has also become commonplace – the ...

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