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Medicine for the Public 2001 lecture series

Videos of the 2001 series will be available online after each lecture.

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New therapies. Innovations in diagnostic procedures. How today's research will affect tomorrow's medicine.

Physician-scientists working at the forefront of medical research at the National Institutes of Health will examine these issues during the 2001 Medicine for the Public lecture series sponsored by the NIH Clinical Center.

For details on specific topics and speakers, please call (301) 496-2563. Or e-mail

The lectures, which are free and open to the public, are presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda, Maryland.
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Booklets based on selected Medicine for the Public lectures are available. Visit this site to order or call 301-496-2563.


Videos of these lectures require the latest version of RealPlayer.

Sept. 25, 2001
Pain and Palliative Care: More Than Just End-of-Life Care
Ann Berger, R.N., M.S.N., M.D.
Chief, Pain and Palliative Care Service
Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center

Dr. Ann Berger will discuss how medicine works with other disciplines to care for the whole person to ease suffering during serious illness.

Oct. 2, 2001
The Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemic: A Threat to the Nation's Public Health
Thomas Quinn, M.D.

Chief, International HIV/AIDS and STDs Section,
Laboratory of Immunoregulation
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Every year, about 12 million people acquire sexually transmitted diseases. These diseases lead to multiple complications, including infertility, ectopic pregnancies, chronic pain, and cancer. Most cases can be cured. All of them can be prevented. Dr. Thomas Quinn will discuss the incidence, the costs, the impact on society, and what can be done to decrease the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
Oct. 9, 2001
New Strategies for the Detection and Treatment of Colon Cancer

Steven Libutti, M.D.
Senior Investigator, Surgery Branch
National Cancer Institute
Colon cancer strikes 130 thousand people a year. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and has a mortality rate of nearly 50 percent. Dr. Steven Libutti will discuss how it is detected and treated. He will also discuss what new detection and treatment options are currently under study to increase survival, including local ablative therapy, anti-angiogenic therapy, and new ways to deliver chemotherapy.

Oct. 16, 2001
Breast Cancer: Progress and Promise

JoAnne Zujewski, M.D.

Senior Medical Oncologist, Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute

Dr. Zujewski will discuss the risk factors for developing breast cancer and discuss current treatment options. She will review progress made in this disease and look at promising new research directions.

Oct. 23, 2001
Type I Diabetes: A Quest for Better Therapies
David Harlan, M.D.

Chief, Transplantation and Autoimmunity Branch
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Sixteen million people in the United States have diabetes; one million of them have type 1. It is the sixth leading cause of death in this country and often leads to blindness, heart and blood vessel disease, strokes, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage. Dr. David Harlan, will discuss the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, then will focus on advances in how physicians might treat type 1 diabetes. HeÕll emphasize the latest research using islet transplantation and some other positive milestones to date.

Oct. 30, 2001
The Influenza Viruses and their Vaccines
Brian Murphy, M.D.
Co-Chief, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

About 10 to 20 percent of Americans are infected with the influenza virus each year. For most, the aches and pains associated with the flu come and go within a couple of weeks. However, an estimated 100,000 people are hospitalized and 20,000 deaths occur annually from the flu and its complications. Dr. Brian Murphy will explore the latest findings in flu vaccines, including a new influenza virus vaccine undergoing evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration.

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