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Radiation Effects

Author(s): Ann R. Kennedy, PhD

Researchers of the NSBRI Radiation Effects Team

Researchers of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Radiation Effects Team are examining risks of various biological effects from exposure to space radiations, and we are attempting to develop countermeasures to reduce the risks associated with exposure to space radiations. What are the radiation risks for space travel? Radiation exposures during space travel may kill cells, weaken the immune system, cause mutations and have other effects that can lead to cancer, cataracts, cardiovascular and central nervous system injuries and other disorders. Through research projects that cut across several program areas, NSBRI investigators are determining 1) the risks associated with various types of radiation for the production of acute effects and the development of malignancies, and 2) whether it is possible to reduce these risks through pharmaceutical and nutritional interventions.

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.