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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Astronauts and Grandmothers:
What's the Common Denominator?

Sydney M. Pugh - Millenium Biologix Inc., Kingston, Ontario

Osteoporosis, one of the most common and devastating bone diseases on earth, is also a serious problem for astronauts, male and female alike. Millenium Biologix is a Canadian company at the forefront of international efforts to study and treat this and other crippling bone diseases. This presentation will focus on OSTEO; an innovative Canadian space experiment for bone research which the company designed and built under contract to the Canadian Space agency; and which flew for the first time late last year on the John Glenn Shuttle mission. It's an example of Canada's involvement in the space program generating near term "earthly" benefits that accrue to the whole nation. This presentation will feature a functional demonstration of equipment actually operated by Senator Glenn during the Shuttle Discovery mission.

Mr. Pugh is President & CEO of Millenium Biologix Inc., the company he co-founded in 1993, after an extensive international career in the medical industry. The Kingston, Ontario based company has developed a unique synthetic bone technology with a wide variety of applications.

DATE: Thursday, December 2, 1999 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am