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    Morehouse School of Medicine Dean elected to the NSBRI Board of Directors

    Atlanta — Dr. Eve J. Higginbotham, dean and senior vice president of academic affairs of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), has been elected to the board of directors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

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    Atlanta — Dr. Eve J. Higginbotham, dean and senior vice president of academic affairs of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), has been elected to the board of directors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

    "Dr. Higginbotham is a highly respected and accomplished physician who will be an asset to NSBRI's program to protect astronaut health during long-duration spaceflight and improve health care on Earth," said Dr. Bobby R. Alford, NSBRI board chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to a long and successful relationship with her."

    Higginbotham is a world-renowned ophthalmologist and an expert on glaucoma. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and served as a co-editor on four ophthalmology textbooks. Higginbotham earned the distinction of being the first woman to lead a universi­ty-based ophthalmology department in the United States when she was named chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1994.

    "I am so pleased to be elected to this position," said Higginbotham. "Through our national space program we make discoveries that benefit our patients on Earth and, as we see with last month's shuttle launch, we work in collaboration with many international partners in a way that can remove the barriers between us. Morehouse School of Medicine, a founding member of the NSBRI consortium, is proud of the accomplishments of the NSBRI's Kindergarten through Undergraduate Educational Outreach team, led by MSM professor, Dr. Marlene MacLeish. This collaboration has earned national and international recognition for its programs that promote science literacy and bring space science education to students, teachers and families across the United States and around the globe."

    Higginbotham, a native of New Orleans, received her bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School. In addition to her work at MSM and Maryland, Higginbotham served on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School. At Illinois, she was the chief of the Glaucoma Clinic, and she later served as assistant dean for faculty affairs at Michigan.

    Higginbotham is a member of numerous panels and organizations, including the National Eye Institute, for which she currently serves as the chair of the National Eye Health Education Program. She also is a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on VA-Medical School Affiliations. In 2000, Higginbotham was elected to the Institute of Medicine and she has received numerous other awards and honors.

    NSBRI is a NASA-funded consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing countermeasures to mitigate the risks. The Institute's science, technology and education projects take place at more than 70 institutions across the United States. Morehouse School of Medicine is a member of the NSBRI consortium.

    NSBRI projects address space health concerns such as bone and muscle loss, cardiovascular changes, balance problems, sleep disturbances, radiation exposure effects, nutrition, physical fitness, rehabilitation, remote-treatment medical technologies and neurobehavioral and psychosocial factors.

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    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at