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Kevin Fong was awarded a five year Nesta Fellowship in 2003. The doctor, lecturer, broadcaster and author of Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body, used his fellowship to research ways that the body's reaction to space flight can help in fighting diseases on Earth. It allowed him to strengthen an existing relationship with NASA where he visited the space agency’s life sciences labs and got involved with its artificial gravity programme which led to a subsequent masters degree in aerospace engineering.

Over the course of his five year fellowship Kevin used the Nesta funding to broaden his interests behind space medicine into the wider extreme environment. He developed a course in extreme environment physiology, which is still a popular course for final year physiology students at UCL.

More recently, Kevin has been championing the campaign for dementia to be voted the challenge for Longitude Prize 2014. Read his argument for why dementia should secure the £10 million prize fund.

Kevin on how the Nesta Fellowship arrived just in time:

Kevin on the value of scientific exploration and its crucial role in ensuring human survival:

About the Nesta Fellowship Programme

The programme, which started in 1999, provided grants to talented people to support a period of intensive creative exploration, usually for three years. Nesta Fellows were encouraged to develop new work, contacts and projects. They were given time, space, resources and guidance to test their ideas, pursue their goals, and become innovators in their chosen fields.