Media representatives are invited to witness the inaugural event that
marks the initiation of interdisciplinary research in ten biomedical
areas that will protect the health of astronauts and advance the state
of the art of medical knowledge.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, along with the Cleveland
Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western
Reserve University and the National Center for Microgravity Research
will formally establish the John Glenn Biomedical Engineering
Consortium during a signing ceremony. The new consortium will utilize
the unique skills, capabilities and facilities of its members to
achieve common research goals.

The signing is scheduled for Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m. in the Space
Experiments Laboratory at Glenn.

Participants may include NASA’s Chief Scientist and astronaut Dr.
Shannon Lucid; Associate Administrator for the Office of Biological
and Physical Research Mary Kicza; Glenn Director Donald J. Campbell;
Glenn’s Microgravity Science Division Senior Researcher Dr. Howard D.
Ross; Consortium Chairman and President and Director of the Research
Institute of University Hospitals of Cleveland Dr. Huntington Willard;
and Chairman of BioEnterprise Corporation Bill Sanford. Questions from
reporters will be taken following the signing.

Media representatives planning to attend should call Katherine Martin
or the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2901 to be cleared through