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Boerma Led UAMS Team to Establish NSBRI's Center for Space Radiation Research (CSRR)
Date:7/22/2014

HOUSTON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) will establish, fund, and operate the Center for Space Radiation Research (CSRR) under the leadership of Marjan Boerma, Ph.D. Dr. Boerma is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences within the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy Division of Radiation Health. She is located in Little Rock, AR and will direct a team of investigators working across four U.S. institutions, to implement the 3 year and 6 million dollar mission of the CSRR.

The CSRR will build upon important discoveries made by the NSBRI Center of Acute Radiation Research (CARR) and extend them by characterizing and quantifying the effects of space radiation on living systems. The research studies, outcomes and deliverables of the CSRR will comprise the principal focus of NSBRI's Radiation Effects (RE) Team.

Operating in close partnership with NASA's Human Research Program, the CSRR will be tasked with researching the acute effects of space radiation, as well as the longer term, so-called "degenerative" effects of space radiation on the cardiovascular and circulatory systems. Accordingly, the CSRR will work to reduce the radiation related health risks that will be encountered by astronaut crew members during future missions to an asteroid, the Moon or Mars.

Graham Scott, Ph.D., NSBRI's Chief Scientist, said that "the Institute is excited about the ambitious and innovative research program that the Boerma led team will conduct over the next three years." He noted that "space radiation is the number one risk to astronaut health during deep space missions, and pioneering research employing modern technologies such as next genera
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