NIH - NASA Collaborations

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NIH-NASA Biomedical Research Activities

Through an ongoing collaboration, NIH and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are exploring how biomedical research can address the challenges of deep space exploration and benefit human health in space and on Earth. NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and former NASA Deputy Administrator Dava J. Newman, Ph.D., signed a second NIH-NASA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (PDF - 410KB) on Jan. 13, 2017.

In early 2018, Collins appointed NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, M.D., as the new NIH liaison to NASA. As outlined in the MOU, NIH and NASA efforts include:

  • Establishing a framework of cooperation to encourage interaction between NIH and NASA research communities and
  • Integrating results from that research into improved understanding of human physiology and health.


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