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Alan R. Hargens, Ph.D.
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Hargens is Professor and Director of the Orthopaedic Clinical Physiology
Lab at the University of California, San Diego. He previously served as Chief
of the Space Physiology Branch and Space Station Project Scientist at NASA
Ames Research Center and as Consulting Professor of Human Biology at
Stanford University. He teaches orthopaedic residents, medical students and
graduate and undergraduate students at UCSD.
His recent research concerns gravity effects on the cardiovascular and
musculoskeletal systems of humans and animals. He has edited eight books,
published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and 55 chapters and holds
eight patents. Two of his students were astronauts. One flew on the Space
Shuttle five times and was the first astronaut to climb to the top of Mt Everest.
The other spent 6 months on the International Space Station, grew and ate
vegetables in space and returned to Earth in Dec 2015. Dr Hargens also
investigates exercise devices to maintain astronaut health and performance in
space. This research is translated to help post-surgical treatment and
rehabilitation of orthopaedic patients, and to improve performance of athletes.
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