Shreveport Scientist is Honored
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Thursday, Sept. 19, 1974 Dr. Charles D. Wood Shreveport Scientist Is Honored A Shreveport scientist has been honored by the National Aeronautics and Space Ad-ministration (NASA) for his research to develop an an-timotion sickness medicine for astronauts. Dr. Charles D. Wood, professor of pharmacology and therapeutics at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport, received the achievement award from NASA. Accompanying the award was a medallion that is from Skylab materials, Dr. Wood said. Dr. Wood has been re-searching antimotion sick-ness drugs under the NASA program for several years. The drug, scopolamine - dexedrine, which he helped develop was used on the Apollo 11 flight — the first moon landing — and in all space flights since then, in-cluding the Skylab series. The stimulent in dexedrine offset the drowsiness caused by the scopolamine, he noted. The drug was first tested at sea and in a rotation room. Dr. Wood worked at Pen-sacola, Fla., with the U.S. Navy under a NASA grant for two years before joining the medical school staff here. Since coming to the medical school he has gone back to Pensacola almost every sum-mer for additional research and has had about 40 articles on the subject published. The antimotion sickness medicine is still "pretty much exclusive" to the space program, but some drug com-panies are interested in it, he said. Before the final Skylab flight, Dr. Wood was one of nine scientists called to Washington from the United States and Canada to make recommendations on an-timotion sickness. The group recommended that the astronauts take an-timotion sickness medicine on a regular schedule, starting before the flight. Two of the men took the scopolamine - dexedrine and one took a newer preparation that was being tested. The two taking the scopolamine - dexedrine were protected from nausea, and the other astronaut did not take the second dose on schedule and became ill, Dr. Wood said. He recently returned from a meeting in Houston, Tex., where medical results from the Skylab mission were presented. Dr. Wood will continue his work on antimotion sickness, he said, and hopes to have a medicine that will help in the space shuttle program being planned. The achievement award was "in appreciation of dedicated service to the nation as a member of the Skylab Team which extended man's knowledge and capabilities in space."
|Title||Shreveport Scientist is Honored|
Wood, Charles D.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
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