| June 3, 2004|
For Immediate Release
NSBRI Funds Two Biomedical Projects at Johns Hopkins APL
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Houston, has approved funding for two biomedical projects at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md. The projects - two of 48 selected from 111 proposals - will continue the Institute's research to resolve the health and medical challenges related to long-duration space missions.
"As our nation looks toward longer space missions and exploration of the moon and Mars, these projects tightly focus on the health issues, technologies, and medical assessment and care needed for such missions," says Dr. Jeffrey P. Sutton, NSBRI director.
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 in Houston, which has expanded from seven to 12 members since it was formed in 1997. Research is performed in 11 areas with research teams seeking ways to prevent or solve problems related to weightlessness and increased exposure to radiation during prolonged space travel.
APL's newly funded projects include:
Project Director Harry K. Charles, who heads APL's Technical Services Department, says, "This research in addition to having significant benefit to astronaut health could have a much larger impact on clinical medicine, especially in monitoring and assessing the efficacy of treatments for the millions of people who suffer from osteoporosis and other disorders that degrade bone strength."
Other NSBRI-funded projects at APL include:
The Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For information, visit www.jhuapl.edu. For more information on NSBRI, visit www.nsbri.org.