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Medicine for the Public 2000 lecture series

Videos of the 2000 lectures, which were presented Tuesdays during September and October, are now online.

The series

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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 2000's 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.
Maps and directions

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 free version of RealPlayer.

Sept. 19, 2000
New Directions for Organ and Tissue Transplantation
Dr. Allan Kirk
Chief, Transplantation Section
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Dr. Kirk will explain how diabetes, renal failure, and other end-stage organ diseases can be treated more successfully by immunologic strategies that make the body believe that the transplanted tissues are its own. A surgeon and authority on organ transplantation, Dr. Kirk will explore new methods to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs and tissues, and the development of new drugs or techniques that may improve the success of organ and tissue transplants.
Sept. 26, 2000
Adolescents and AIDS: Millennium Milestones

Dr. Lauren Wood
Senior Clinical Investigator, HIV & AIDS Malignancy Branch
National Cancer Institute
Unbelievable progress has been made in the last two decades in the fight against HIV/AIDS, yet there's still so far to go. Dramatic advances in treatment have resulted in children born with the virus living into their teens, while at the same time there has been an alarming surge of HIV infection rates among adolescents, particularly female adolescents and urban minorities. Dr. Wood will discuss some of the positive and negative milestones reached to date, including advances in care and research, as well as the changing epidemiology of the HIV epidemic.
Oct. 3, 2000
Dangerous Liaisons: Drugs and Herbal Products

Dr. Stephen Piscitelli, Pharmacokineticist and Coordinator and Dr. Aaron Burstein, Pharmacokineticist, Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Laboratory, Pharmacy Department, NIH Clinical Center
Everyday, as more Americans begin using herbal products, how many actually consider the risks? Drs. Piscitelli and Burstein will describe the widespread use of complementary medicines in the United States, focusing on the benefits and dangers of herbal products. Potential interactions between herbs and prescription drugs, as well as severe side effects of some well-known products will be addressed. Attendees will also learn about regulations pertaining to herbal products and what consumers should know when considering herbal use.
Oct. 10, 2000
Stroke: Rapid Diagnosis, New Treatments

Dr. Alison Baird
Visiting Scientist, Section on Stroke Diagnostics and Therapeutics
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Brain attack--stroke--strikes every 43 seconds. It's the third leading cause of death in this country and often results in devastating physical disability for survivors. Rapid diagnosis is crucial for successful treatment. Dr. Baird will discuss advances in how physicians use innovative imaging technology to confirm strokes and new options to treat them.
Oct. 17, 2000
Women's Health Research for the 21st Century

Dr. Vivian Pinn
NIH Associate Director for Research on Women's Health
Director, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health
The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health was established 10 years ago to assure that research conducted and supported by NIH addresses issues regarding women's health and that there is appropriate participation of women in clinical trials. Dr. Pinn will discuss current status and future direction of women's health research.

Oct. 24, 2000
Prostate Cancer
Dr. Marston Linehan, Chief, Urologic Oncology Branch, and Dr. William Dahut, Head, Prostate Cancer Clinic, Medicine Branch, National Cancer Institute

Drs. Linehan and Dahut will outline risk factors for prostate cancer and how the disease develops. They will also look at new treatments now under investigation, including vaccine therapy, hormonal therapy, anti-angiogenic therapy and chemotherapy for advanced and recurrent prostate cancer.

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