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Pumps & Pipes unites Houston's top three industries

Houston, TX - 12/6/2013

Long-term space travel, 3-D "bioprinting," and the fountain of cardiovascular youth are among the topics scientists, engineers, and doctors will discuss next week at the seventh annual Pumps & Pipes on Dec. 9 at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.

While conference registration is closed due to overwhelming demand, the public is welcome to visit a number of exhibits and demonstrations on the first and second floors of the Research Institute building (6670 Bertner Ave. in Houston).

The academic meeting's purpose is to encourage space scientists, energy engineers, medical experts and others to borrow from each other's intellectual "tool kits" to solve as-yet unsolved problems -- and to inspire entirely new technologies.

Introductory remarks from Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center Medical Director Alan B. Lumsden, M.D., and NASA Johnson Space Center Director and astronaut Ellen L. Ochoa, Ph.D., will be followed by presentations from experts in cardiovascular medicine, space engineering and biology, nanomedicine, robotics, and other areas of interest.

Presenters include ExxonMobil Drilling & Subsurface Function Manager William Kline, Ph.D., Texas Medical Center President & CEO Robert C. Robbins, M.D, and, live from Mayo Clinic, regenerative medicine experts Daniel B. Spoon, M.D., and Robert D. Simari, M.D.

The Research Institute auditorium foyer will take on a bit of science museum flair. NASA Johnson Space Center will send its "Driven to Explore" exhibit, an elaborate mobile exhibit that will let visitors experience a simulated space shuttle launch and learn about other aspects of the U.S. space program. There will also be an international, art-in-science exhibit by high school students of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Previous meetings have mainly convened experts in energy and medicine, Houston's two biggest industries. But a concerted effort by Pumps & Pipes organizers to include top engineers and scientists from NASA Johnson Space Center has meant a more substantial presence for aerospace engineering.

Pumps & Pipes 7 program directors are Alan B. Lumsden, M.D., Mark G. Davies, M.D., Ph.D., and Stephen R. Igo (Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center), William E. Kline, Ph.D. (ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company), Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, Ph.D. (University of Houston), and Ellen L. Ochoa, Ph.D. (NASA Johnson Space Center).

More information about Pumps & Pipes can be found at http://www.pumpsandpipes.com.

Journalists interested in attending the conference or talking to presenters should contact David Bricker, Houston Methodist, at 832-667-5811 or dmbricker@houstonmethodist.org.