Why We Matter

NSBRI brings together people who can solve the challenges of spaceflight. NSBRI fosters collaborations among scientists at universities, industry and NASA through a unique team structure that facilitates interactions among scientists conducting related research at different institutions. Via the Industry Forum, NSBRI harnesses the power of American industry to develop products for both space and Earth. NSBRI develops the space biomedical workforce of the future through its diverse career development programs.

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The Body in Space

The human body is uniquely designed to live in Earth’s gravity. In space, the body begins to adapt to the microgravity environment.

NSBRI’s science and technology program is addressing ways to reduce or eliminate many of the changes to the body that impact an astronaut’s ability to perform well in space and that might impact their health after returning to Earth. The NSBRI program also looks at ways to enhance countermeasures already in place on long missions.

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Humans in Space

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NSBRI’s primary objective is to ensure safe and productive human spaceflight. Our scientists and physicians are working to enhance medical care in space and find solutions to the health challenges of living and working in space for long periods of time. Learn more about our seven integrated science & technology teams.

Improving Life on Earth

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Solutions to the health challenges of living and working in space have applications to delivery of medical care on Earth. NSBRI technologies designed for medical monitoring, diagnosis and treatment can aid battlefield medics, ambulance crews and health care providers. The techniques addressing astronaut health risks on long missions will benefit patients suffering from similar conditions on Earth, such as bone loss, muscle wasting, shift-related sleep disturbances, and balance disorders. Learn more about our projects.