Media alert: press briefings and special sessions at the GSA's Annual Meeting

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The Gerontological Society of America will hold its 2002 Annual Meeting in Boston, November 22-26. In the 400+ conference sessions, experts will present new research on the hot topics of aging. This multidisciplinary meeting will draw more than 3,000 students, researchers, and practitioners in biological sciences, clinical medicine, behavioral and social sciences, and social research, policy, and practice.

Press Briefings & Special Sessions
(Marriott = Boston Marriott Copley Place; Westin = Westin Copley Place)

Friday, November 22

9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Wellesley Room, Marriott
Research and the Media: Are We Getting the Message Right? (Pre-conference Workshop)
A panel of medical journalists and participants representing gerontological research and medical/healthcare communication will define barriers to solid, effective research communication and develop ways to improve how research is reported for the good of older adults and the public health. (workshop cost: $40; register at the door)

1:00 1:30 p.m. GSA Press Room, Marriott
The 65+ Cancer Treatment Gap: Understanding Attitudes Toward Care (Press Briefing)
A new survey by the American Society on Aging (ASA) and Pharmacia Oncology shows some surprising contradictions in physicians' attitudes on how to treat these older cancer patients. Survey results will be released at this press briefing. Gloria Cavanaugh, President and CEO of ASA, and Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, of North Shore University Hospital at the NYU School of Medicine, will discuss the importance of the survey results, including what patients can do to ensure they are getting the best care available. Lunch provided.

7:30 9:00 p.m. Essex Room, Westin
Inequalities in Health: Life and Death on the Social Gradient President's Opening Plenar

Contact: Melanie Radkiewicz
The Gerontological Society of America

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