Baylor Space Health Institute Grants Support Studies on Reducing Astronaut Metabolism for Long Duration Missions

HOUSTON (Baylor College of Medicine PR) — The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine granted nearly $4 million in awards to four outstanding researcher teams in response to its Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) 2101 solicitation. The space health institute sought creative never-before-tried ways to reduce potential damage to humans from the space environment through manipulation of metabolism and the normal state-of-being at the cellular or whole organism level.

As NASA’s Artemis missions return humans to the Moon, TRISH works toward countermeasures to address the human health and performance challenges that come with deep space exploration. Modifying the body’s metabolic and homeostatic processes could help reduce damage from space radiation or reduced gravity, while also minimizing food and medical supply needs for future long-duration crewed missions.

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The Butterfly iQ Catches a Ride on the SpaceX Dragon to Space

The Butterfly iQ is the world’s first handheld, single-probe whole-body ultrasound system using semiconductor technology. (Credit: Butterfly Networks)

HOUSTON, TX. and GUILFORD, Conn. and NEW YORK, JUNE 3, 2021 (Butterfly iQ PR) – Headed for the International Space Station on June 3, the 22nd SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply payload will include a Butterfly iQ, the world’s first handheld, single-probe whole-body ultrasound system using semiconductor technology. This tool was developed by Butterfly Network, Inc. (NYSE: BFLY), an innovative digital health company that is working to democratize medical imaging and contribute to the aspiration of global health equity. The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is supporting the product’s first user demo in space.

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