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January 17, 2001

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, TX
(281) 483-5111

Release: J01-07

NASA Bioastronautics Program Convenes Life Sciences Investigators

Research efforts to allow humans to travel safely in space and to use the space environment as a laboratory to improve the quality of life on Earth will be the focus of the largest-ever NASA-funded meeting of space life sciences investigators. The Bioastronautics Investigators' Workshop at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas, Jan. 17 to 19 will include sessions to inform the research community about NASA program status and strategic plans. Session formats are designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions throughout the research community.

After those sessions in separate disciplines have been completed, the entire workshop will convene on Jan. 19 to hear summaries for each of the 12 sessions.

Dr. David R. Williams, NASA/Johnson Space Center's director of Space and Life Sciences, expects more than 260 research presentations to be given in the 12 areas of physical, biological, and biomedical sciences and engineering. Participants include NASA investigators, university and research community investigators, and investigators funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, the NASA Centers of Research and Training, and the Graduate Student Research Programs.


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