Media Advisory

Friday, September 7, 2007

NIH and NASA Partner for Health Research in Space


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NASA will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation in space-related health research. This agreement will help American scientists utilize the International Space Station to answer questions about human health and disease.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 11 a.m. - noon


U.S. Capitol, Room S-115


Following the signing, NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will be available to answer questions from the media. Other presenters include:

  • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • Joshua Zimmerberg, M.D., Ph.D, Chief, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biophysics, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH
  • Carl Walz, Advanced Capabilities Division director, Exploration Systems, NASA Headquarters, Washington

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