Baylor, Korea NIH collaborate to further space health research
“Korea National Institute of Health is honored to become a partner with TRISH, an institute of excellence in space health,” said Dr. Jung Ji-Won, director of the division of research planning at the KNIH. “In collaboration with TRISH, KNIH will make a first step of bold challenge and innovation for space health and medicine to strengthen research and development capacity and play a pivotal role in core research and technology development in Korea.”
The executed agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Both parties agreed to develop fruitful areas of cooperation for space health. Of specific interest are the mental health issues related to space travel, the challenges of food supply in deep space, the negative effects of space radiation and the need to develop advanced en-suite medical care for long-duration space travel. Further investigation in these areas could lead to enhancements on Earth: stronger behavioral healthcare, food supply enhancements, radiation protection and medical tools that can be deployed to help remote communities.
“I look forward to expanding possibilities in partnership with our colleagues in the Republic of Korea, which brings us closer to health solutions to help protect all future explorers,” Donoviel said.
Supported by the NASA Human Research Program, TRISH is an applied space health research catalyst that funds disruptive, high-impact scientific studies and technologies to equip astronauts for deep space exploration. Learn more about TRISH and its future funding opportunities by signing up for its monthly newsletter.