Alan R. Hargens
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Alan R. Hargens

Alan R. Hargens, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Orthopaedic Clinical Physiology Lab at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He previously served as Chief of the Space Physiology Branch and Space Station Project Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center (1987-2000) and Consulting Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University (1988-2000). His recent research concerns gravity effects on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems of humans and animals.  He also investigates exercise devices to maintain astronaut health and performance in microgravity and partial gravities. This research is translated to aid post-surgical treatment and rehabilitation of orthopaedic patients and to improve performance of athletes. Dr. Hargens has edited eight books and published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and 56 chapters. He also holds eight patents. Dr. Hargens is the recipient of a NIH Research Career Development Award, Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Orthopaedic Research Society, Recognition Award from the American Physiology Society, and two NASA Honor Awards. He is a Board Member and Past President of the International Society of Adaptive Medicine and recipient of the Hallman Award from the University Waterloo, Canada, an honorary lectureship, Leslie Oliver Oration “The Gravity of Space Exercise for Space Health and Earth Benefit” at Queen’s Hospital, London, Nello Pace Award for Outstanding Leadership in Gravitational Physiology and a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. 


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