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A Paradigm-Shifting Therapy for Mitigating Cellular and Tissue Damage in Humans Exposed to Radiation University of Louisville/NASA Johnson Space Center, Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate

The impact of the NASA EPSCoR research investments in Kentucky is substantial and increasing each year to benefit NASA and to increase Kentucky’s research competitiveness. Since 2007, Kentucky has received seven EPSCoR Research Awards involving 5 Kentucky academic institutions (including Kentucky’s only MSI) and 5 Kentucky plus 2 US industry partners. Investment in over half a million dollars of equipment has added to Kentucky’s research infrastructure, with more than $6.5M in reported follow-on-funding. Researchers at 6 NASA centers and 1 additional US federal agency (DoE) are partners in the research efforts which are delivering results for NASA’s human spaceflight, ISS microgravity research and aeronautics missions, along with building research infrastructure, industry and faculty expertise. Major research accomplishments for year two of this grant include production and characterization of the 3 drug delivery vehicles for the different antioxidants proposed. Developments from this grant have been presented at local, regional, and national conferences throughout the past year. This work was presented at NASA’s HRP workshop in February 2014 and has been invited back for another oral presentation in 2015. Other conference presentations include Biomedical Engineering Society (October 2014), Southeastern Regional Meeting of American Chemical Society (October 2014), as well as research presentations at local meetings within the University of Louisville. In addition, there are 3 papers in preparation that are expected to be submitted by the end of the year.

Dr. Patricia Soucy, Primary Science Investigator, Assistant Professor, and graduate student Ishita Jain of the University of Louisville use a Spray Dryer to prepare nanoparticles for a NASA EPSCoR research project investigating new therapies to treat human exposure to radiation, such as the exposure astronauts may experience during long-term space travel. Dr. Thomas Goodwin, Ph.D, NASA Technical Monitor, Johnson Space Center

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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