NSBRI has been at the forefront of technology that utilizes the same platform for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications for space medicine. Researchers at NSBRI invented and demonstrated a portable, image-guided, focused ultrasound device that detects and then stops internal bleeding (i.e., non-invasive surgery). The Defense Advanced Projects Agency subsequently supported this effort at $75 million.
NSBRI developed and delivered to NASA software to maintain behavioral health in space using a suite of self-directed training and treatment programs for interpersonal conflict and stress. The programs are therapeutically effective, make use of multi-media, and provide stand-alone, easy-to-use training and treatment. Applications on Earth include high-stress job situations where anxiety and conflict compromise critical performance and health. Team performance software was developed and deployed by NSBRI scientists for the first ever collection of objective behavioral data on team cohesion at Concordia Station in Antarctica. Operational feasibility and acceptability were established during winter-over campaigns. The results provided fundamental scientific insights on team cohesion in multinational crews over extended durations in extreme environment.
NSBRI has blazed new paths at the frontier of space and medicine. Most recently, NSBRI has been on the cutting edge of the new field of astro-omics, a discipline that brings human genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and related fields to the forefront of space biomedical science and space medicine. NSBRI established the first laboratory of astro-omics research and supported its partner NASA by developing content for its twin astronaut study solicitation, which involved a significant omics component.