| 3 April 2001|
For Immediate Release
NSBRI Funds Five Biomedical Projects at Johns Hopkins APL
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has approved more than $7 million over three years to fund five biomedical projects at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md. The projects range from developing a spaceworthy Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system to helping create a "digital human."
"These projects will help the Institute study and solve health-related problems associated with long-duration, manned space flights so that men and women can safely explore the solar system," says Dr. Bobby Alford, NSBRI chairman of the board and CEO.
APL, along with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is a charter member of NSBRI, a NASA-sponsored consortium headed by the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, which has expanded from seven to 12 members since it was formed in 1997. Research is performed in a dozen areas whose teams seek ways to prevent or solve health problems related to long-duration space travel and its prolonged weightlessness and exposure to an enhanced radiation environment.
The projects include:
The new funding will also extend APL and NSBRI life sciences data archiving projects, which are expected to expand to incorporate the NASA life sciences data archive.
The Applied Physics Laboratory is a not-for-profit laboratory and division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance.
The NSBRI consortium includes Baylor College of Medicine, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, The Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Pennsylvania Health System and University of Washington. For information, visit www.nsbri.org.