The National Center for Human Performance


The National Center for Human Performance


Mission: To maintain and enhance human performance in the arts, sport, space exploration, military, and in the general public, through the ethical and appropriate applications of research and education in medicine and related sciences.

Congress Recognizes National Center for Human Performance

On Oct. 12, 2010, President Obama signed legislation that recognizes Texas Medical Center’s National Center for Human Performance as “The National Center for Human Performance” for its efforts in collecting, archiving and sharing research findings than enhance human performance in the performing arts, sports, space exploration and the military.

With this recognition, the United States has for the first time an official site where researchers throughout the nation whose efforts center on helping humans to perform better can join together to share expertise.

The legislation, part of Senate Bill 3729, also known as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010, designates The National Center for Human Performance as “an Institution of Excellence for Human Performance dedicated to understanding and improving all aspects of human performance.”

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Congressman Pete Olsen were particularly instrumental in educating Congress about the work under way at The National Center for Human Performance, and the entire Houston and Texas delegations in Washington D.C. supported their efforts.

The Center’s advisory board includes astronauts, former athletes, an Olympic coach, researchers and representatives from many Texas Medical Center institutions. Board members are listed under the "Advisory Board Members" heading.

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