NASA awards Bulgarian medical doctor

A Bul­gar­i­an phy­si­cian was giv­en a NASA cer­tif­i­cate for out­stand­ing achieve­ments. For the first time in its his­to­ry, the Amer­i­can Aer­o­naut­ics and Space Admin­is­tra­tion has sin­gled out a for­eign sci­en­tist for mer­its in research at the cen­tre in Hous­ton.

A Bul­gar­i­an phy­si­cian was giv­en a NASA cer­tif­i­cate for out­stand­ing achieve­ments.

For the first time in its his­to­ry, the Amer­i­can Aer­o­naut­ics and Space Admin­is­tra­tion has sin­gled out a for­eign sci­en­tist for mer­its in research at the cen­tre in Hous­ton. Prof. Ognyan Kolev is a neu­rol­o­gist, and vice-direct­or of the St. Nao­um Spe­cial­ised Hos­pi­tal for Active Treat­ment in Neu­rol­o­gy and Psy­chi­a­try in Sofia. He teach­es neu­rol­o­gy at the Med­i­cal Uni­ver­si­ty in Sofia and a doz­en med­i­cal schools, includ­ing Har­vard Med­i­cal School, Lon­don's Impe­ri­al Col­lege, Min­ich and Tex­as Uni­ver­si­ties, etc. NASA first invit­ed him 22 years ago. He has been work­ing on ways to over­come space sick­ness at the Space Neu­ro­sci­ence Cen­tre. In a lack of grav­i­ty, astro­nauts lose any sense of dis­tance and posi­tion of the body in space, as well as coor­di­na­tion between the vis­u­al and ves­tib­u­lar sys­tem. Prof. Kolev has been part of the research team devel­op­ing a spe­cial space suit whose vibra­tions cause var­i­ous sen­sa­tions in dif­fer­ent parts of the body in coor­di­na­tion with the move­ment in space. The suit in ques­tion is cur­rent­ly being test­ed by NASA and US mil­i­tary avi­a­tion.

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