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                      Alcor News Bulletin
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                    Number 38: May 11, 2005

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                     Authors This Issue:

Jennifer Chapman [JC], Diane Cremeens [DC], Tanya Jones
[TJ], Joe Waynick [JW].

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In this issue:

*   Facility Upgrade Project
*   Cryopreservation of A-2024
*   Cryopreservation of A-2077
*   Transport Team Matters
*   Media and Advertising Update
*   Fundraising Efforts
*   Personnel Update
*   Membership Statistics
*   Employment Opportunities for Medical Professionals
*   You Can Help!
*   Next Board Meeting

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                  Facility Upgrade Project

Demolition for the Facility Expansion Project has begun. The
construction is being done by Exclusive Development, Inc
(EDI) and they clearly understand that they have a June 30th
deadline to complete the project or they will face late
penalties of $300.00 per day for up to 30 days. On day 31 we
have the option of canceling the contract and only owe for
work actually completed. Conversely, if they complete the
project early they will receive early completion incentives
of $300.00 per day for up to a maximum of 30 days.

One or two minor items not included in their bid may add an
additional $2,000 - $4,000, depending on quotes from
materials suppliers. But I did not want to hold up the
project for that. EDI's bid is for $112,500. Construction
includes completion of the new Patient Care Bay, completion
of a new Operating Room, walling over the hallway entrance
to the wet lab, and installing a new hallway entrance to the
dry lab. Electrical outlets and switch plates in the new
conference room will be brought into code compliance, and
several code violations of ADA regulations will be
corrected, such as widening a short hallway from the wet lab
to the new conference room, and making a bathroom ADA
compliant.

The demolition and construction schedule is expected to be
met on-time and on-budget. Construction areas have been
isolated form working areas to avoid dust and debris
contamination to equipment and supplies. [JW]

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                 Cryopreservation of A-2024

We returned to Georgia for the stabilization and transport
of patient A-2024. Bill Voice and I flew from Phoenix, and
we were joined by one of our Florida paramedics.
Preparations were mostly complete as the result of our being
in Georgia three weeks prior. The standby was launched upon
a significant change in the member's condition, and we
arrived in time to rearrange the stored equipment, to draw
up the medications, and to contact the local funeral
director about the impending stabilization. All told, we
were in and out of the state in about twelve hours.

Pronouncement was prompt; the stabilization went well, aside
from not being able to gain intravenous access; and the
washout was done quickly, with the patient's temperature
lowered to 10C in 3.5 hours. The family was extremely
supportive, and we have collected fifteen days of pre-mortem
data, including vital signs, food and fluid intake, urine
output, and medications administered. The funeral directors
were also helpful and provided great service. We look
forward to contacting them again for any other case in the
area.

Our patient arrived at the Alcor facility about 13 hours
after pronouncement. Cryoprotection proceeded without
incident and took less than six hours, from initial incision
to end of perfusion. The patient achieved the target
cryoprotectant concentrations and had good uptake throughout
the procedure, as evidenced by unusually close arterial and
venous refractometry readings. Cooldown began at about 19
hours post-pronouncement.

Interesting fracture data was collected during cooling. The
equipment registered seven distinct events, along a narrow
temperature range. The first event occurred at -121C and
the last at about -134C. No events were detected at lower
temperatures. Transfer to the maintenance dewar occurred on
May 5, 2005.

Overall, this case went very well, both from patient-care
and preparation standpoints. A case summary will appear in
the Jul/Aug issue of Cryonics magazine. [TJ]

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                  Cryopreservation of A-2077

At the same time we transferred A-2024 to the maintenance
dewar, we also transferred A-2077. (As you may recall from
previous reports, this patient is Mathew Sullivan's family
member.) Mathew is single-handedly responsible for this
patient's preservation, having been involved in obtaining
consent, completing the paperwork, supervising the removal
of the brain for cryopreservation, and carefully
cryoprotecting the tissue through a diffusion method over
the course of many months (with the assistance of Hugh
Hixon). His dedication and commitment are commendable, and
the outcome appears to be good as far as the quality of
cryoprotection achieved.

During the transfer, we took some photographs of the brain,
which has good color and no visible fractures in the tissue.
We also have completed the MRI data collection portion of
this project, and we look forward to analyzing the results.
[TJ]

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                    Transport Team Matters

Our most recent training session was held in northern
California. We covered medications, thumper setup and use,
patient handling, external cooling, and data collection. The
training was held over a day and a half, and we hope to
continue using this day-and-a-half format in southern
California later this month. We also added a couple of new
individuals to the northern California team, and we're
looking forward to getting them trained to participate in
transport procedures. Our next training session will be held
in southern California on the weekend of May 21, 2005.

With last month's resignation of the northern California
Regional Coordinators, we were left with a slight gap in our
capability. The transport kit was removed and placed in the
care of local transport team member Tim Freeman. Tim has
agreed to maintain the kit until such time as we choose a
new Regional Coordinator.

During this month, Alcor Chairman Michael Riskin provided us
with a list of southern California paramedic schools, hoping
we might be able to recruit some talent from their student
body or, more ideally, from the instructor pool. Our initial
contact was favorable with a private school on the list, and
we hope to make arrangements to meet with them soon. There
is a chance at least one of their paramedics will also
attend the next training session. We're interested in
creating similar relationships with schools in states other
than Florida, and would accept any additional assistance
that our members or supporters provide in locating likely
candidates. [TJ]

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                        Media Update

A graphic designer is creating an inspirational ad for
national publication with the purpose of encouraging public
interest in our website and info packs. Additionally, we are
in discussion with the editor of The Director (a monthly
magazine for funeral directors with nearly 15,000
subscribers) about the possibility of writing an article
explaining what funeral directors can expect if they assist
with a cryonics case. We are also planning to run an
advertisement to inform funeral directors about Alcor's
objectives.

In April, Alcor participated in the following media events:

* Discovery Channel Europe, to air worldwide via the
Discovery Channel network. The aim of this "Top Ten" series
is to explore the real science behind ideas popular in
science fiction.

* "Beyond Man," a three-part television documentary to air
in Finland, Holland, Belgium, and France. This documentary
discusses new technological developments and their impact on
our world and world view. The first part will show the state
of the art of present technological evolution, including
quantum computers, artificial intelligence, biogenetics,
bionics and implants, cryonics, and nanotechnology. The
second part focuses on the speed of these technological
developments and how we can understand and manage these
changes. The third part offers an impression of how
different world cultures and religions are coping with these
scientific and technological changes.

* _The Sunday Herald Magazine_, published in Scotland and
the UK. You can view this article at:
http://www.sundayherald.com/49468

* German Press Agency, available worldwide. A reporter
stopped by for an interview on short notice.

* "Cryobiology: Cool Science," to be published in the US.
Alcor offered assistance with the section that discussed
cryonics in this children's book. [JC]

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                      Fundraising Efforts

The May/Jun issue of _Cryonics_ features the launch of a new
fundraising campaign seeking pledges from 200 members of
either $500 or $1,000 per year for five years. Our goal is
to raise $1 million during the 5-year time frame for the
Endowment Fund for providing ongoing revenue to pay for new
research, lab equipment, personnel, and other operating
overhead. [JW]

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                      Personnel Update

It is with deep regret that Tim Reeves has decided to resign
his position due to health and family reasons. Tim will be
greatly missed and we wish him the best of luck. We are
currently searching for a replacement. [JW]

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                     Membership Statistics

On April 30, 2005, Alcor had 743 members on its Emergency
Responsibility List. Seventeen memberships were approved
during this month, three memberships were cancelled, and one
member was cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of
thirteen members this month.

At the end of this month, Alcor had 89 applicants for
membership. There was a net loss of 17 applicants with 17
membership approvals, 6 incoming applicants, and 6 people
withdrew from the application process.

During the month of March, 144 information packs were
distributed. Of those, 136 were mailed, and 8 were handed to
facility tour participants. Our average for 2005 has grown
to 97 per month, compared to 50 in 2004. [DC]

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      Employment Opportunity for Medical Professionals

Have you ever thought about joining the Alcor team? We have
immediate needs for licensed Paramedics, Emergency Medical
Technicians, Registered Nurses, Lab Technicians and more to
join our nationwide Transport Team. Participation would be
on a contractual basis.

You'll be given cryonics training that will enable you to
participate in our patient rescue and transport cases.
Licensed professionals do not have to be Alcor members to
work with us. We welcome your expertise and interest. If
you're interested, send your resume to:
 [JW]

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                      You Can Help!

Alcor's research and development and daily operations do not
have the benefit of large government grants, private
foundations, or a huge fundraising organization to raise the
millions of dollars necessary to develop much-needed
technology and protocol enhancements. What we do have are
loyal, dedicated members like you who have a personal
interest in the success of cryonics.

Alcor has a long and proud tradition of innovation and
technical excellence. This will continue to be our
overriding mission in the years ahead. Yet, the organization
is only as great as its people, starting with its
supporters. Membership dues and cryopreservation cases cover
just 60% of our annual budget. The remainder must come from
generous individuals within our small community.

You can help achieve that success with your tax deductible
contribution to the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. We have
many projects that would benefit from your generosity. You
can also make a credit card donation TODAY by calling Alcor
at (877) 462-5267 ext. 101. Or you can mail your check to:
Alcor Life Extension Foundation, 7895 E. Acoma Drive, Suite
110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

Your generous gift will help create a more secure Alcor, so
we can be there for your future, as well as the future of
your friends and family who also belong to our small
community of cryonicists. [JW]

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                    Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 4,
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 and
enjoy lunch with the Alcor staff after the meeting.

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