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Former astronaut is guest at biomedical conference (1/20/98)

Recollections of experiments aboard the Russian space station Mir by former American astronaut Col. John E. Blaha, USAF, Ret., are only some of what's on tap for participants in the 17th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference to be held Feb. 6-8 at the Omni San Antonio Hotel in the Colonnade.

Sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its Department of Orthopaedics, the program includes more than 150 oral presentations and poster sessions on tissue engineering, orthopaedic and other biomaterials, laser technology, circulatory support, brain and neural engineering and other fields.

Co-chairs for the meeting are Drs. C. Mauli Agrawal and K.A. Athanasiou, associate professors of orthopaedics at the Health Science Center. Four key addresses will be presented including "The Way Forward" by Dr. Jonathan Black, Clemson University, speaking Saturday at 8:30 a.m.; "Tissue Engineering" by Dr. Joseph P. Vacanti, Children's Hospital, Boston, speaking Saturday at 12:30 p.m.; comments by Col. Blaha, veteran of five space missions including a four-month stay aboard Mir, speaking Saturday night during a riverwalk dinner event; and "New Applications of Lasers in Medicine" by Dr. A. J. Welch, UT Austin, speaking Sunday at 8 a.m.

Technical co-sponsorship for the program is by the IEEE/Engineering and Medicine in Biology Society. The meeting is endorsed by the Society for Biomaterials, Institute of Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

For registration information or other questions, call (210) 567-6495.

Contact: Mike Lawrence (210) 567-2570