ISH1: 1st International Space Health Forum
“Metabolic Changes”

Date Sept. 7, 2012
Venue Palo Alto, CA US
Director Joan Vernikos, PhD – Chair, TI/CIMY/TISHA
Sponsor Taksha Institute of Space Health and Aging Institute (TISHA)
Held Sept. 7, 2012 (Palo Alto, CA)
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Workshop Description

Advances in understanding of metabolic changes under different physiological or environmental conditions help promote our understanding as well as provide solutions to metabolic disturbances. At first glance, the health of astronauts, the elderly and those practicing Yoga and meditation may appear to be unrelated. Leaders in the field of Aging and Space Health, as well as the practice of Yoga and Meditation, will come together to discuss similarities and differences in physiological and metabolic changes produced by these conditions. The outcome would be that what we learn from these metabolic models will lead to practical solutions of benefit across the board.

This one-day program, 12:30pm – 6:30pm on September 7, 2012, brings the expertise of our panel speakers together to conduct the following agenda:


Sept. 7, 2012 — Location: Hall E104, OFJCC

12:30 – 12:45 Registration

12:45 – 1:00 Welcome
Joan Vernikos, PhD, Workshop Chair
Chair, Taksha Space Health and Aging Institute (TSHAI), Taksha Institute
Thirdage LLC, Culpeper, VA

1:00 – 1:30 Aging: Road Map to 100
Walter M. Bortz II, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Research,
Stanford University Medical School, CA

1:30 – 2:00 Do Astronauts Age Faster in Space?
Joan Vernikos

2:00 – 2:30 The Biology of Aging in Space
Kenneth A. Souza
Technical Advisory Council (TAC)/TSHAI, Taksha Institute

2:30 – 3:00 Yoga for Spaceflight: Benefits for Stress, Mood, and Sleep
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Department of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Director of Research at Kundalini Research Institute
Research Director of Kripalu
Center for Yoga and Health (US)

3:00 – 3:30 Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:00 Physiological Response to Yoga Practice: S-VYASA Experience
R. Nagarathna, MBBS, MD, FRCP (Edinburgh), FICA (US)
Chief Yoga Therapy Consultant & Dean, Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, SVYASA, Bengaluru, India

4:00 – 4:30 Metabolic Responses to Yoga Practice
Shirley Telles, MBBS, PhD (Neurophysiology)
Director, Patanjali Research Foundation
Haridwar, India
Head, Indian Council of Medical Research Center for Advanced Research in Yoga &
Neurophysiology, India

4:30 – 5:00 Yoga Therapy for Metabolic Changes in Space and Aging
Dilip K. Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP
Chair, Taksha School for Integrative Medicine (SIM), Taksha Institute
Norfolk, VA, US

5:00 – 5:30 Commentary
Harold J. Guy, MD
Technical Advisory Council (TAC)/TSHAI

5:30 – 6:30 OPEN DISCUSSIONS Panel

6:30 Adjourn

Distinguished Speakers/Panelists:

Dr. Dilip K. Sarkar – MD, FACS, CAP On Applications of Yoga as Therapy
Dr. Sarkar combines his years of experience in conventional medicine with his extensive knowledge of Integrative Medicine, including Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. After 30 years of practice as a vascular surgeon in Tidewater, Virginia, Dr. Sarkar retired from practice after suffering a heart attach and undergoing bypass surgery in 2001. Subsequently, he developed a profound interest in Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga Therapy, devoting considerable time to the study of these ancient treatments and wellness philosophies in Virginia and in India.

Dr. Sarkar has been an Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital. He serves on several national healthcare boards such as: Founding Member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Member of its Research and Standards Committee; Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT); and Fellow, American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM). He is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and continues to teach classes in Yoga Therapy, Mind/Body Connection, Ayurvedic Wellness, Integrative Nutrition, and Integrative Medicine. Currently, he is the Executive Director, School of Integrative Medicine, Taksha University.

Dr. Walter M. Bortz II – MD On Aging
Dr. Bortz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Recognized as one of America’s most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity. Dr. Walter Bortz’s research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust aging. Dr. Bortz has published over 130 medical articles and authored numerous books, including We Live Too Short and Die Too Long, Dare to Be 100, and Living Longer for Dummies, and Diabetes Danger. (See the Longevity Library and the Store for more information. Dr. Bortz is past co-chairman of the American Medical Association’s Task Force on Aging, former President of The American Geriatric Society and is currently Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, as well as a Senior Advisor to Healthy Silicon Valley, a community collaborative effort which addresses the soaring incidence of obesity and diabetes.

Dr. Nagarathna – MD and Dean of Health Science at VYSASA, Bengaluru, India Physiological Response to Yoga Practice: S-VYASA Experience
Dr. R. Nagaranthna combines her medical training with her deep understanding of yoga in leading the health center, Prashanti Kutiram. Her simplicity, innocence, and service orientation touches every heart in Prashanti Kutiram. She heads the therapy division for asthma, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and other ailments. She is also an advisor and guide for PhD students at SVYASA.

Dr. Shirley Telles – PhD and Director of Research at Patanjali Yogapeeth, Haridwar, India Metabolic Responses to Yoga Practice
A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Telles is a neuroscientist involved in yoga research. With an M.Phil. (1989) and a Doctorate in neuroscience (1992), she has over 25 years of experience in this field. Her PhD thesis was “Psychophysiology of yoga practices in health and disease,” and she has over 121 publications in indexed journals. Currently, she is the Director of Research at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar, and Advisor to Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, a deemed Yoga University in Bengaluru. In addition, she heads the Center for Advance Research in Yoga and Neurophysiology by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India. She is a reviewer for 26 international journals, and has received an ICMR award for excellence in biomedical research. Dr. Telles is herself an ardent yoga practitioner, and believes that yoga practice and research go hand in hand.

DISCLAIMER: Attendance at this event is for personal growth, and entails no promise of employment.