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Michael Braukus Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1979) RELEASE: 95-210

November 28, 1995

NASA AWARDS LIFE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH GRANTS NASA has selected 46 proposals to receive two and three-year grants for conducting ground-based or space-borne life sciences research, totaling approximately $15 million. The purpose of these grants is to encourage science and technology research in the space life sciences. The grants funded through this annual NASA research announcement support a program of research that conducts experiments on Earth and in space to provide the basic understanding of the role of gravity in biological processes. Sponsored by NASA's Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications, Washington, DC, this research offers investigators the opportunity to take advantage of NASA's life and biomedical sciences research facilities to improve the understanding of fundamental biological processes. NASA received 380 proposals in response to this research announcement. The proposals were subjected to a fully external peer-review through assembled panels made up of scientific and technical experts. The selected proposals represent the following areas: space biology (16); space physiology and countermeasures (11); environmental health (2); space radiation health (3); space human factors (3); advanced life support (5); advanced extravehicular activity systems (1); advanced technology development (2); data analysis (2) and interdisciplinary proposals (1). NASA's life and biomedical sciences grants provide investigators with the opportunity to study and characterize basic biological mechanisms in ways not possible on Earth. By using access to space as a research tool, NASA-sponsored research will advance fundamental knowledge of the way in which weightlessness, radiation, and other aspects of the spaceflight environment interact with biological processes.

These grants also seek to enhance the application of this knowledge to procedures and technologies that enable humans to live, work and explore in space and to benefit the health and well-being of people on Earth. -more-

-2The scientists selected for NASA life sciences research grants are: Clarence P. Alfrey, M.D., Ph. D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX Mark G. Allen, Ph. D., Physical Sciences, Inc., Andover, MA Gordon L. Amidon, Ph. D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Mary H. Barcellos-Hoff, Ph. D., Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA Wilhelm Becker, Ph. D., Universitat Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany Volker Blum, Ph. D., Ruhr-Universitat of Bochum, Bochum, Germany David P. Cadogan, ILC Dover, Inc., Frederica, DE Daniel J. Cosgrove, Ph. D., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Brian L. Davis, Ph. D., The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH Daniel L. Feeback, Ph. D., NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Arny A. Ferrando, Ph. D., Shriners Burns Institute, Galveston, TX Suzanne M. Fortney, Ph. D., NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Alan S. Gevins, Sc. D., EEG Systems Laboratory, San Francisco, CA Ary L. Goldberger, M.D., Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA Karl H. Hasenstein, Ph. D., University of Southwest Louisiana, Lafayette, LA Eileen M. Hasser, Ph. D., University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO Bertold Hock, Ph.D., University of Munihen at Weikenstephan,

Freising, Germany Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph. D., Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA Kenneth C. Jenks, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Christian J. Lambertsen, M.D., University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA Terri L. Lomax, Ph. D., Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR James C. Maida, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Patrick H. Masson, Ph. D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Gordon A. McFeters, Ph. D., Montana State University, Bozeman, MT Robert J. Peterka, Ph. D., Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, OR Duane L. Pierson, Ph. D., NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Marc D. Porter, Ph. D., Iowa State University, Ames, IA Hinrich Rahmann, Ph. D., University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany Stanley J. Roux, Ph. D., The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX David W. Rowe, M.D., University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT Mitchell B. Schaffler, Ph. D., Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI Heide Schatten, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Martin P. Schreibman, Ph. D., Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY Daniel Serfaty, Alphatech, Inc., Burlington, MA Sergei I. Sukharev, Ph. D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Kwangjae Sung, Ph. D., NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Arthur J. Sytkowski, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA James G. Tidball, Ph. D., University of California, Los Angeles, CA Russell T. Turner, Ph. D., Mayo Foundation, Rochester, MN Charles A. Waldren, Ph. D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO Ronald L. Walsworth, Ph. D., Smithsonian Institution, Cambridge, MA Raymond L. Warters, Ph. D., University of Utah School of

Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT Randy O. Wayne, Ph. D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Darrell J. Wiens, Ph. D., University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA - end -