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Ellen O'Brien
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February 3, 2003

Expert Advisory
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Experts Available to Discuss Aspects of NASA Shuttle Tragedy

(Philadelphia, PA) - The following experts in post traumatic stress at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, are available to be interviewed regarding the psychological and emotional issues related to the NASA space shuttle Columbia crash, as well as how those problems should be treated:

Sheila Rauch, PhD
Sean Cahill, PhD
David Riggs, PhD
Elizabeth Hembree, PhD

Also available for comment is David Dinges, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry; Chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, and Director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry. Dr. Dinges works in research for human psychology and sleep during space flight for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, which was founded by NASA to reduce the health risks associated with space travel.

These experts may be reached by calling Press Officer Ellen O'Brien in the Department of Public Affairs at 215.349.5659.

PENN Bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, who is also the Chief of Bioethics (Care & Protection of Research Subjects and Patients) for NASA.

Senior Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System David Longnecker, MD, who also chairs the Institute of Medicine 's 'Committee on Aerospace Medicine and Medicine for Extreme Environments' -- which advises NASA on the health care of astronauts, both long-term and in space flight -- is available for comment. Dr. Longnecker was a guest of NASA for the STS-107 launch, and was briefed by the flight surgeons and NASA regarding the scientific mission.

To interview these two experts, please call Rosann Thompson, Director of Media Relations, at 215.662.2560.

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