Health experts in Galveston have been chosen to manage medical operations for the United States Antarctic Program.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on Tuesday announced its latest affiliation with the program.
Former NASA astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski will be chief medical officer for the new Center for Polar Medical Operations at UTMB.
The school will work for the National Science Foundation as a subcontractor on Lockheed Martin's Antarctic support contract. UTMB's initial contract runs through September 2016.
The school has been providing telemedicine services for the Antarctic program for more than a decade with a previous contractor. The new arrangement will have expanded health-related operations, including for seasonal field camps and two marine research vessels.