|Like spaceflight, radiation exposure is a concern in the health industry and other occupations on Earth. The Radiation Effects Teamís research benefits for life on Earth are: |
- Improved understanding of radiation-related cellular, molecular and tissue damage;
- Development and testing of drugs that, if proven successful in managing the adverse effects of proton radiation, may lead to improved responses for patients undergoing proton radiation therapy;
- Characterization of radiation environments, such as radiation therapy treatment fields, commercial flights, nuclear industry and national security threats; and
- Countermeasures for the adverse effects of radiation for people exposed to higher-than-normal levels of radiation, such as occupational exposures, airline crews, persons undergoing radiation therapy, and casualties from nuclear accidents or national security threats.