7th Alcor Conference, October 5-7, 2007

Human Cryopreservation and Critical Care Medicine Panel:
David Crippen, M.D., Tanya Jones, Leslie Whetstine, Ph.D., Aschwin de Wolf

David Crippen, M.D., is Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical center in Pittsburgh, PA and Medical Director of the Neurovascular Intensive Care at Presbyterian-University Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and holds the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine. To date, Dr. Crippen has developed and delivered over 470 formal lectures on clinical topics in critical care and emergency medicine for National and International medical educational meetings. In addition, Dr. Crippen has presented 22 abstracts for medical meetings, 127 manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and popular media, 6 critical care medicine textbook chapters and two books as the primary editor. His clinical interest is brain death and end of life issues in critical care medicine.

Tanya Jones is Alcor's Chief Operating Officer, bringing her background in business administration to the technical side of the organization. During her 11-year career at Alcor, she has facilitated the development and integration of improved cryopreservation technologies and procedures, including training manuals, Alcor’s first air-transportable perfusion system and mobile surgical lab. Today, she manages Alcor’s emergency response capability and participates in its research initiatives, taking advantage of her extensive experience performing cryopreservation cases. Tanya holds special responsibility for the fiscal well-being of the organization and travels around the world giving presentations and interviews about cryonics. She draws upon her experience working at the Foresight Institute, a nanotechnology think-tank, where she acted as Program Architect and Director of Communication.

Leslie Mary Whetstine holds a Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University where she has been trained in philosophy and bioethics in both academia and in the clinical setting. Her doctoral dissertation examined the definition and criteria of death and whether Donation After Cardiac Death is a legitimate method of organ procurement. Dr. Whetstine is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Walsh University, and her areas of expertise are in critical care, end-of-life, and transplantation ethics.

Aschwin de Wolf lives in Phoenix, Arizona and holds a Masters Degree in political science from the University of Amsterdam. He moved to the United States in 2000 and became a member of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in 2002. He worked for Suspended Animation, Inc. from 2004 until 2007 where he was Chief Financial Officer and developed, implemented, and documented various human cryopreservation technologies. Aschwin serves as a consultant for a number of cryonics organizations and participates in Alcor's technical development and research.

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