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Space medicine: NASA’s contributions to health care

05/22/12     Cleveland, OH

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has played a leading role in research and development of simple, low-cost medical items and devices used in the U.S. and around the world.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center has been involved in much of that R & D. And since activities there are now focusing on “exploration medicine” – the design and development of diagnostic and treatment devices that non-experts can use during exploration missions – that role will grow.

To learn about NASA’s work on medical devices and procedures currently used in health care and those in development, come and hear:

Who: Dr. Jerry G. Myers, Jr., PhD, chief of the Bio Science and Technology branch, NASA Glenn Research Center.

Topic: “Space Medicine: NASA’s Contributions to Health Care” with emphasis on the Glenn Research Center’s contributions. Dr. Myers’ presentation will leave ample time for a post-talk Q and A.

When: Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m. A light meal – sandwiches, fruit, soda – sign-in and introductions from 6-6:30. Dr. Myers’ presentation begins at 6:30.

Where: Greenbridge Commons Community Room, 7515 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 (free parking in lot behind building)

Why:  You’ll come away with lots of “out of this world” story ideas and it’s free.

Co-sponsors: Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists.

To register (please do, so we know how much food to purchase) or for more information, send an email to AHCJ member Eileen Beal at eojb@visn.net.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jerry G. Myers, Jr. is chief of the Bio Science and Technology branch at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. He is technical lead for GRC’s efforts in computational physiology, physiological risk assessment and the medical effects of space travel. He earned his PhD in mechanical engineering, specializing in biofluid dynamics, in 1996. A consistent award-winner at NASA, he most recently won a NASA Group Achievement Award (2011) for his work in quantifying the probability of rare medical events in space. He has worked at NASA since 2000.

Host: This professional development event is hosted by the recently opened Greenbridge Commons (download PDF), a supportive housing residence for chronically homeless individuals that is part of Housing First, a coalition of public and private organizations.