Researcher Receives Prestigious Award for Contributions to Space Biology

March 7, 2005

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – April Ronca, Ph.D., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been awarded the Thora W. Halstead Young Investigators Award from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB).

Ronca received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Ohio State University. She spent 1998 to 2004 as the director of the Developmental Neurobiology and Behavior Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Her research for which she has been recognized focuses on mammalian pregnancy, birth and the transition from prenatal to postnatal life, on Earth and in space.

Ronca has also been elected to the board of directors for ASGSB. The society is comprised of scientists whose research focuses on gravity’s effect on life.


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