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Alan R. Hargens, Ph.D. Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSD 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 as well as 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, 55 chapters and holds eight patents. Two of his students have gone on to become 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.  Curriculum Vitae
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