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IRC’s Dr. Sylvain Costes selected for a NASA Space Radiobiology Research Award

NASA’s Human Research Program funded nine proposals focusing on the use of high-energy beams and heavy ions to simulate the effects of space radiation on the human body.

NASA says “These studies will seek to: reduce the uncertainties in risk predictions for cancer and/or other late degenerative diseases; provide the necessary data and knowledge to establish significance of risks and to develop risk projection models for the central nervous system (CNS) and cardiovascular disease; and significantly advance the understanding of mechanisms of biological damage that underlies radiation health risks. This research is also expected to provide a substantial contribution to the scientific basis required before the future development of biological countermeasures to mitigate these risks as appropriate, and to aid in identification of key biomarkers for monitoring disease processes.”

Dr. Sylvain Costes, a Staff Scientist in the Life Sciences Division, is one of the nine selected scientists and will be focusing on “blood-based multi-scale model for cancer risk from GCR in genetically diverse populations.”