For patients with Ommaya reservoirs: experience weightlessness on the NASA zero gravity plane

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I am the cardiovascular team lead for the National Space
Biomedical Research Institute and a NASA researcher. It turns out that
astronauts on the International Space Station are having changes in their
vision that NASA thinks might be due to elevations in pressure inside the
brain. We are testing that hypothesis by recruiting well patients, who have
been "cured" of their malignancy for at least a year, and who still
have their Ommaya reservoirs in place, and flying them on the zero gravity
plane. We will put a very small needle into the Ommaya and measure the pressure
as the volunteer experiences up to 30 seconds of weightlesness. We studied 4
patients last summer, and all went brilliantly. We now have one more flight
scheduled during the week of August 24th, 2015 and need 4 more volunteers. The
last 4 were men, so we are specifically looking to recruit women. Please e-mail
me at:
or call my direct office line: 214 345-4620 if you would like to learn more.


Benjamin D. Levine, MD

Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center, Dallas, Texas

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