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For Release: June 3, 2002

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Signing Ceremony Forges Biomedical Partnership

Media representatives are invited to witness the inaugural event that marks the initiation of interdisciplinary research in ten biomedical areas that will protect the health of astronauts and advance the state of the art of medical knowledge.

NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, along with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University and the National Center for Microgravity Research will formally establish the John Glenn Biomedical Engineering Consortium during a signing ceremony. The new consortium will utilize the unique skills, capabilities and facilities of its members to achieve common research goals.

The signing is scheduled for Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m. in the Space Experiments Laboratory at Glenn.

Participants may include NASA's Chief Scientist and astronaut Dr. Shannon Lucid; Associate Administrator for the Office of Biological and Physical Research Mary Kicza; Glenn Director Donald J. Campbell; Glenn's Microgravity Science Division Senior Researcher Dr. Howard D. Ross; Consortium Chairman and President and Director of the Research Institute of University Hospitals of Cleveland Dr. Huntington Willard; and Chairman of BioEnterprise Corporation Bill Sanford. Questions from reporters will be taken following the signing.

Media representatives planning to attend should call Katherine Martin or the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2901 to be cleared through security.

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