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03/03/92

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Cosmonaut-cardiologist to speak at Stanford March 5

STANFORD -- A Russian cardiologist who spent 238 days in orbit aboard the Salyut-7 space station will describe his experiences in a public lecture at the Stanford Medical Center at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. The event will take place in room M-106.

Oleg Atkov, M.D., director of research at the All-Union Cardiology Research Center in Moscow, performed experiments on himself and other cosmonauts to test cardiovascular response to microgravity during his 1984-85 stay in space. He is an authority on the physiological effects of microgravity. His lecture is titled "The Soviet Manned Space Program: Experience as a Cosmonaut-Physician for Eight Months Aboard the Salyut-7 Space Station."

On Friday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m., he will participate in a public panel discussion, "In-Flight Studies of Cardiovascular Response in a Microgravity Environment." Other panelists will include Stanford cardiac pathology professor Dr. Margaret Billingham; Dr. William DeCampli, a senior resident in cardiovascular surgery at Stanford; and five cardiac specialists from the NASA-Ames research center in Mountain View. The five are Drs. John Greenleaf, Joan Vernikos, Evans Lyne, Alan Hargens and Charles Wade. The Friday panel will be held in Room M-112 of the Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Atkov was invited to Stanford by Prof. Daniel Bershader of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department ; a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration paid his travel expenses.

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