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                      Alcor News Bulletin
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                  Number 34: January 12, 2005

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                     Authors This Issue:

Jennifer Chapman [JC], Tanya Jones [TJ], Cheryl Walsh [CW],
Joe Waynick [JW].

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In this issue

*       Staff Changes
*       Fiscal Policy
*       Alcor in the News
*       On Neuro-Vitrification with Whole-Body Cryoprotection
*       New Bigfoot Performance Report
*       Transport Team Training for 2005
*       2005 Conference Update
*       Membership Statistics
*       Next Board Meeting

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                     New Staff Changes

Our new Transport Coordinator, William Voice, formally
joined the staff this past Monday. Already, he's becoming
familiar with cryonics operations and is enthusiastically
diving into the development of upgraded training materials
and standard operating procedures. Bill has been involved
with emergency services (EMS system and fire department)
since starting his career as a Michigan paramedic in 1986.
He has experience as a Clinical Associate, assisting with
the preparation and collection of biological samples. Bill
also has more than ten years' experience as an instructor,
having taught both adults and high school students about
first aid and CPR, advanced cardiac life support, anatomy
and physiology, medical terminology and more. We are very
pleased to have him as a member of the staff. Welcome, Bill!

We are also extremely pleased to announce the addition of
Stephen Van Sickle to the staff as our Technical Development
Leader. Steve served on the Alcor Board of Directors for
five years, prior to stepping down in late November. Though
Steve is no longer on the Board, he stepped up to the plate
to accept this role and will be moving to Arizona within the
next month. As a long-time cryonicist and member of Alcor's
Research Committee and lately as a biochemistry student,
Steve is well-versed in the development of our procedures
and is strongly committed to helping us improve the various
technologies at our disposal. We're very much looking
forward to his arrival in the middle of February. Welcome,
Steve! [TJ]

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                        Fiscal Policy

Preliminary 2004 financial figures indicate that we have
ended the year with a $150,000 surplus after deducting
$950,000 in cash reserves set aside from general revenues in
an Endowment Fund. The surplus also includes $300,000 in
cash reserves set aside from general revenues in a Research
Fund, plus approximately $7,000 in earned interest. We were
able to achieve this surplus in part because we recognized
improperly recorded revenue in the Patient Care Trust Fund
and further belt-tightening on the expense side of
operations.

Some additional factors to keep in mind that contributed to
the overall bottom line included our unexpected legal
expenses. Defending our most recent patient (A-1099) has
involved legal expenses of nearly $100,000, incurred in just
a couple of months. [JW]

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                     Alcor in the News

The worldwide attention on Alcor has been amazing. Over the
last few months we've fielded more than a dozen requests
from TV and print reporters and producers from around the
globe: Germany (2), United Kingdom (3), Japan, Denmark, the
Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Russia, and Bosnia/Herzegovina.

German TV is producing a documentary that will air to 6
million viewers in Germany and France. Arte, the French
public television channel, taped a board meeting and
interviews in December to include in a documentary. A
student from the Denmark School of Broadcasting spent a day
at Alcor and is creating a web site for his final project.
Among those who requested information and b-roll were
producers from Japan, Madrid public TV, French public
television, the UK's Sky One and Chameleon TV and the
Netherlands.

This is in addition to numerous requests from the US. KJZZ,
the Phoenix National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate produced a
story that aired locally and nationally. Web-based CBS
MarketWatch included Alcor in a story. "Tactical to
Practical" from the History Channel taped this fall, but
unfortunately they changed the direction of the segment and
didn't use Alcor's footage (however, we are staying in touch
in hopes they will do a piece on Alcor in the future). We've
also hosted a number of crews and reporters who are
currently working on pieces that will air or be printed in
2005. MTV2 will air two pieces in February as they re-launch
the channel--"This is What I Do" with Joe and "High Tech
Theater" with Tanya. Planet Grande Films, which produces for
Country Music Television, is planning on at least one story
about Alcor this spring.

ABC's Prime Time Live, Wall Street Journal and the
Washington Post Magazine gathered information and are
pitching story ideas to their editorial boards. A reporter
from the New York Times stopped by for a casual visit and he
says he's now working on a story.

We will continue to update you on media attention. Watch
this column in upcoming Newsletters for the latest. [CW]

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              Neuro-Vitrification with Whole-Body
                  Cryoprotection Development

The acrylic enclosure for the new whole-body cryoprotection
system has been built and delivered, including both the
patient and the mechanical sections. Preliminary testing of
the new chiller has been done, and the design of the new
tubing circuit is nearly complete. By the end of next week,
the cutting diagrams and assembly instructions for
manufacturing the new circuits will be done (by Hugh Hixon),
and he will have the necessary diagrams completed for
cutting the mechanical section to accommodate passing the
circuit between the patient and mechanical sections and for
the nitrogen vapor ports. Once the holes have been cut for
the tubing and a circuit completed from the instructions, we
will be in position to begin full testing of the new
prototype.

An additional difficulty to introducing neuro-vitrification
with whole-body cryoprotection is that the whole-body
cryoprotection protocol in development cannot be done with
the current cryoprotectants. (The solutions are known to be
flawed for whole-body preservation.) Though recommendations
to change solutions have yet not been made, we began
researching the procurement of some known components.

One of those components (1-O-methyl-rac-glycerol) was found
to be prohibitively expensive, with a price ranging from
$18-60 per gram. Each whole-body case will require 4000
grams (50g/liter, 80 liters per case) when implemented. With
some effort, we found an alternate supplier that was willing
to provide it to us for a fraction of the price; but when we
contacted them about a large order, we found that item had
been discontinued.

Left with the option of paying significantly higher prices
than we can afford, we began investigating custom synthesis
of the component. This search was ultimately successful, and
we found a manufacturer in Japan who initially quoted us a
price of $0.45 a gram. After further negotiation, we've
settled on a price of $0.35 for bulk custom synthesis. We
will be placing an order next week for a 200-liter supply of
1-O-methyl-rac-glycerol, which will have an anticipated
delivery date in April. [TJ]

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                Bigfoot Performance Report

Preliminary boiloff testing of the new Bigfoot dewar (#9)
was completed in late December. Though testing continues,
data from an eight-day baseline indicated level reductions
of 9.1 liters/day. (Net boiloff was 3.7" in 8 days 3 hrs 33
min. or 8.1479 days = .454 inches/day or 9.08 liters/day at
20.0 liters/inch - Mike Perry) On whole, this represents an
improvement of more than 20% over Bigfoot #8, which boils
off at about 12.4 liters/day.

According to the manufacturer, the added efficiency is the
result of refinements to the wrapping process, in which the
dewar shell is placed on a spindle and spun with layers of
paper and aluminum foil, with about 70 layers being required
for each shell. What this reduction in boiloff means is a
cost savings of more than $60,000 over the expected lifetime
of the dewar (50 years, using current nitrogen costs).

Bigfoot #10 is still in production, and the recent spate of
nasty weather has slowed the process. It awaits a dry spell
before the wrapping can be done, and the dewar may not be
delivered until some time in February. [TJ]

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                Transport Team Training for 2005

A proposed training schedule for 2005 has been sent to the
Regional Coordinators. It includes three sessions each for
northern and southern California; one session in Laughlin,
Nevada; one in Florida; and three cadaver training sessions
in Scottsdale. This schedule represents an ambitious
commitment to Alcor's transport team network. I believe this
schedule can be met and the quality of our regional teams
improved significantly in this calendar year. The first
training session with be in northern California on January
29th, and will cover safety protocols; the washout system
set-up, operation and monitoring; sample taking; and data
collection.

With the introduction of Bill Voice and his extensive
training materials, we have begun adapting his paramedic
courses for Alcor members, and expect this process to
continue during the coming months. Though there are some
significant differences between a standard Emergency Medical
System protocol and ours (e.g. blood washouts, sample
collection, oxygen therapy parameters, and cooling
requirements), we expect this adaptation to proceed quickly.

This training schedule will be distributed more widely once
the Regional Coordinators have completed their review.
Anyone wishing a copy should contact Tanya Jones
). [TJ]

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                    2005 Conference Update

As a reminder, Alcor will host its 2005 conference at the
Arizona Science Center during the weekend of August 12th -
15th, 2005. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the
Alcor facility on Friday, August 12, before the conference
formally begins. Four speakers have committed to the
conference, including: Robert Freitas, Greg Fahy, Aubrey de
Grey, and Terry Grossman. Mark the dates on your calendar,
and plan to join us for what is shaping up to be an
excellent opportunity to learn more about advancing medical
technologies. [TJ]

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                    Membership Statistics

On December 31, 2004 Alcor had 713 members on its Emergency
Responsibility List. Eighteen memberships were approved
during this month, no memberships were reinstated, two
memberships were cancelled for insufficient funding, and no
members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of
sixteen members this month.

At the end of this month, Alcor had 164 applicants for
membership. There was a net gain of 57 applicants with 18
approvals, 75 incoming applicants and none choosing to exit
the application process.

The overall membership growth rate for 2004 was 7.9%.
Seventy-three memberships were approved, which is on par
with 2002 (79) and 2003 (76). The net gain for the year was
52 members. [JC]

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                      Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February
5, 2004 at 11:00 AM (MST).

Board meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month
at the Alcor facility (7895 East Acoma Drive in Scottsdale,
AZ). Members and the public are encouraged to attend.

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