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00005768-199610000-0000100005768_1996_28_1217_raven_sciences_10editorial< 13_0_1_0 >Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise©1996The American College of Sports MedicineVolume 28(10)October 1996p 1217Space life sciences[Editorial]Raven, Peter B. Editor-in-ChiefIn this issue of the Journal, we provide a brief synopsis of the discussion and recommendations that evolved from the American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable Conference on Musculoskeletal Adaptations to Weightlessness and Development of Effective Countermeasures, which was sponsored by National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA). The co-chairs of the Roundtable were Kenneth M. Baldwin and Timothy P. White; the NASA Program Officer was Victor Schneider.On September 12-14, 1995, the International Workshop on Cardiovascular Research in Space was held at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. The proceedings of this conference are presented in the accompanying supplement to this issue. The International Workshop was sponsored by the International Space Life Sciences Strategic Planning Working Group, National Aeronautics Space Administration, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the University Space Research Association, Division of Space Life Sciences. This workshop was the first of five planned by the International Space Life Sciences Strategic Planning Group. This planning group consists of the Canadian Space Agency(CSA), Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Deutsche Agentur für Raumfahrtangelegenheiten (DARA), European Space Agency (ESA), National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), and NASA.The expectations of both the ACSM Roundtable Conference and the International Workshop were to establish a set of future questions to be addressed by the international community involved in space life sciences research. As editor-in-chief, I feel fortunate to be publishing the proceedings of both conferences, thereby providing our readers with the current thinking and direction of the funding agencies involved in space life sciences research.Peter B. RavenEditor-in-ChiefSpace life sciencesRaven, Peter B. Editor-in-ChiefEditorial1028