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rging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism Threats
David Henderson, M.D., Deputy Director for Clinical Care, NIH Clinical Center

The world has recently seen an emergence or reemergence of infectious diseases such as smallpox, SARS, West Nile virus, and monkeypox. What is the public perception of these diseases? How are they spread? Are we prepared if they occur close to home? How will hospital workers be protected? Dr. Henderson will cover these issues and how the Clinical Center has responded to new diseases in the past. He will also address new technologies controlling the airborne transmission of disease.

September 30, 2003
Sickle Cell Anemia: Moving from Pain to Cure
Mark Gladwin, M.D., Senior Investigator, Section Chief, Sickle Cell/Nitric Oxide Therapeutic Section, Critical Care Medicine Department, NIH Clinical Center

Sickle cell disease is one of the most common inherited blood disorders in the United States. Scientists have learned a great deal about the medical condition during the past 30 years--what causes it, how it affects the patient and treatments that do or don't work. Understanding the disease and its warning signs aids researchers working to unravel the mysteries of sickle cell. Dr. Gladwin will cover those topics and related ongoing clinical research. Current investigations include efforts to understand the role of lung complications in adults with sickle cell disease and evaluating the role of current and future therapies in sickle cell disease treatment.

October 7, 2003
Stem Cell Transplantation: Promise in Cancer Treatments and Blood Disorders
Michael Bishop, M.D., Investigator and Clinical Head, Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch, National Cancer Institute

The bone marrow contains stem cells that give rise to the blood components, including white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Today, bone marrow transplantation is more commonly referred to
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Contact: Dianne Needham
301-496-2563
NIH/National Institutes of Health
26-Aug-2003


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