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Jennifer Kremer/Mike Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-3970 or 650/604-9000

April 27, 2005
Gravity and Aging In Space To Be Discussed At NASA Lecture
"Space Exploration: Can Gravity Reverse Aging?" will be the title of a free public lecture at NASA Ames Research Center on May 4, 2005.

Dr. Joan Vernikos, author and former director of life sciences at NASA Ames, will be the featured speaker. The lecture will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PDT in Bldg. 943's Eagle Room, just outside the main gate of NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley.

Vernikos is the second guest speaker in a series of lectures sponsored by NASA Research Park (NRP). The series' focus is on three main themes: 'explore, discover and understand.'

"The intent of the NRP lecture series is to highlight exploration, in keeping with NASA's Vision for Space Exploration," said NRP division chief Mejghan Haider. "Stay tuned. Our topics will include everything from new technologies that support human missions to the moon and Mars, to autonomous robots and Earth analog research," she said.

Vernikos, who worked at NASA Ames in the 1960's, will discuss how to live a vital, healthy life, as outlined in her latest book, "The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging."

During her early years as a space biology researcher at NASA Ames, Vernikos noticed the connection between what happens to the body in space and the symptoms of 'normal' aging. Her pioneering work at NASA Ames focused on spaceflight analog studies, in which healthy humans underwent long periods of bed rest, a situation that mimicked the micro-gravity conditions in space. This breakthrough research created a deeper understanding of the hormonal and behavioral mechanisms that underlie human response to long-duration spaceflight and aging on Earth.

The NRP Exploration Lecture Series was launched in Spring 2004 and takes place three times a year. For information about future lectures in the series, please visit:

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101. Seating at the lectures are on a first-come, first-served basis.


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