The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), an organization funded by NASA, is soliciting for program proposals to establish a Center for Space Radiation Research (CSRR). The CSRR will conduct more detailed research on important discoveries made by the NSBRI Center of Acute Radiation Research about effects of long term space radiation exposure on cardiovascular and circulatory systems of human beings. Accordingly, the CSRR will work to reduce the radiation-related health risks of astronaut crews that complete missions on asteroids such as the Moon and Mars. The research was released as “Center for Space Radiation Research” by the NSBRI on August 14, 2013.
The CSRR will combine exposures of both solar and galactic particles to mimic the space environment that was actually experienced by astronauts during exploration missions. They will also examine pharmaceutical countermeasures to evaluate how these methods mitigate the harmful effects of space radiation. The researches could benefit not only safe of astronauts but also better life on the Earth.
In the studies, the CSRR will combine physiological observations and leading-edge omics techniques (studies of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics etc.) to characterize the effects of space radiation. With this strategy, researchers could facilitate the correlation of observed health effects with the more fundamental underlying genetic and bimolecular changes and could offer possible new options for the development of radiological countermeasures.
The NSBRI’s request for applications (RFA)(1): http://www.nsbri.org/FUNDING-OPPORTUNITIES/Current-Announcements/
Applications to submit using NSPIRES: http://nspires.nasaprs.com
Application deadline: 5:00pm Central Standard Time on December 12. 2013
Participants: all categories of U.S. based organizations including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies.
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