Congress Recognizes National Center for Human Performance
CNBR's home in the Texas Medical Center, The National Center for Human Performance was recognized by the US Congress and designated as an Institution of Excellence. President Obama signed the legislation on Oct 12th 2010.
HHP's Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research is part of the National Center for Human Performance.
The recognition for the Center was part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010, as a result of the Center's research focus on human performance in space and its longstanding partnership with NASA.
HHP Chair Dr. Layne and CNBR director Dr. Paloski were quoted in a related article in the Texas Medical Center News.
Below are some excerpts from the article:
UH’s biomechanics research center conducts trials at The National Center for Human Performance under the leadership of William Paloski, Ph.D. Paloski spent 23 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center as a researcher in its neuroscience laboratory studying posture and sensory motor performance in astronauts during and after space flight.
Charles Layne, Ph.D., chairman of UH’s health and human performance department, said the National Center for Human Performance "provides the perfect venue for collaboration between UH and Texas Medical Center researchers."
The official text of the bill:
One Hundred Eleventh Congress of the United States of America - S.3729
National Aeronautics and Space
(a) In General – The National Center for Human Performance is located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center which is home to 49 non-profit and academic patient care, biomedical research, and health educational institutions serving 6 million patients each year, and works collaboratively with individuals and organizations, including NASA, to advance science and research on human performance in space, health, the military, athletics, and the arts.
(b) Designation as Institution of Excellence – The National Center for Human Performance is designated as an Institution of Excellence for Human Performance dedicated to understanding and improving all aspects of human performance.
The Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research (CNBR) is located in the Texas Medical Center. The purpose of the Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research is to serve as a regional hub for multidisciplinary research and technology development. Its location in the medical center will bring its tools and experts in physiology and engineering closer to the physicians and patient populations benefiting from and collaborating in their translational research work.