Christopher Dunn: Living and Working in the Space Shuttle, effects on the body.
Although a pharmacy graduate, Chris initially chose a career in medical research and was awarded a PhD in the University of London for investigations into various aspects of bone marrow transplantation. At the University Hospital of Wales, Chris developed a way to measure EPO (erythropoietin: the blood-stimulating hormone now (ab)used – allegedly – by duration athletes) in clinical samples. Success resulted in invitations to several international meetings including one in Houston.While in the US, an offer of an appointment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville was too good an opportunity to turn down. Chris obtained several research grants and contracts that eventually resulted in an appointment at the Johnson
Space Center, Houston a few months before the first Space Shuttle flight. He was responsible for a haematology research programme that included several groundbased studies as well as investigations (for which Chris was Principal Investigator) for the crew of the dedicated Life Sciences Shuttle mission (Spacelab-1). It is the effects of spaceflight on the body during such a 7-10 day mission that are the objects of this lecture. After nine years in the US, Chris returned to the UK in the mid-1980s and finally qualified as a pharmacist. Since that time he has practised various aspects of pharmacy, written in-depth reviews on new drugs, and taught post-graduate pharmacology to diverse groups of healthcare professionals. He was awarded a DSc
(University of Bradford) and the title Professor of Prescribing Practice (University of
the West of England, Bristol) for the impact of his academic achievements.