2003 Medicine for the Public

  • Do certain biological traits mean early signs of Alzheimer's Disease?
  • Are we prepared for SARS, smallpox or whatever comes next?
  • How is research unraveling the mysteries of sickle cell disease?
  • What promise does stem cell transplantation hold for cancer treatment?
  • Why can too much iron be bad for you?

BETHESDA, Md. These and other questions will be answered at the 2003 Medicine for the Public event September 16-October 28. This six-part lecture series, sponsored by the NIH Clinical Center, offers the public a unique opportunity to learn about the stories of science at the National Institutes of Health. The lectures are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center (Building 10) on NIH's main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. All lectures are free and open to the public. Below is a brief description of the upcoming lectures. All of the speakers are available for interviews.

September 16, 2003
Alzheimer's Disease: Advances and Hope
Trey Sunderland, M.D., Chief, Geriatric Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health

Despite many recent advances in the understanding of Alzheimer's Disease, its diagnosis is still based on vague clinical criteria and confirmed only by biopsy or autopsy. Diagnosis by an experienced doctor is accurate 80-to-85 percent of the time. Dr. Sunderland will describe the rationale behind, and progress to date, of a comprehensive study to examine the spinal fluid of Alzheimer's patients during the course of their illness compared to healthy patients. The research study also involves an extended view of a special group of normal subjects perceived to be at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. The hope is to isolate specific biological traits which may aid in the early identification of the disease.

September 23, 2003
Preparing for SARS, or Smallpox, or Whatever Comes Next: Responding to Eme

Contact: Dianne Needham
NIH/National Institutes of Health

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