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Cartoon: Bridging the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases


Demystifying Medicine 2009

13 Bacterial sepsis: A new epidemic and an old receptor Tara Palmore, MD (NIAID), Gilbert Ashwell, MD (NIDDK), and John Hanover, PhD (NIDDK)

Federal Holiday - Session to be Rescheduled

Viral hepatitis: A global problem and the role of interferon

Jay Hoofnagle, MD (NIDDK) and Katherine Zoon, PhD (NIAID)
27 HIV: The epidemic persists globally and locally Anthony Fauci, MD (NIAID) and Henry Masur, MD (CC)
3 Intestinal bacterial infections and the food chain Stephen Savarino, MD (NMRC) and John Robbins, MD (NICHD)
10 Melanoma and the sun Thomas Hornyak, MD, Margaret Tucker, PhD, and John Yang, MD (NCI)
17 Spinal cord injury and stem cells Ron McKay, PhD (NINDS) and Suzanne Groah, MD (National Rehab. Hospital)
24 Diabetes, Type 2: The epidemic continues Judith Fradkin, MD (NIDDK) and Lori Bonnycastle, PhD (NHGRI)
3 Arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease: Number one killer and the Framingham experience Daniel Levy, MD (NHLBI), Richard Cannon, MD (NHLBI), and Leslie Beisecker, PhD (NHGRI)
10 Fibrous dysplasia of bone and stem cells Pamela Robey, PhD (NIDCR) and Michael Collins, MD (NIDCR)
17 Blindness Joram Piatigorsky, PhD (NEI) and Robert Nussenblatt, MD (NEI)
24 Hepatocellular cancer: A global epidemic Snorri Thorgeirsson, MD, PhD (NCI) and Win Arias, MD (NICHD)
31 Fragile X: Most common inheritable retardation defect Walter Kaufman, MD (JHH) and Karen Usdin, PhD (NIDDK)
7 Drug resistance and cancer Michael Gottesman, MD (NCI) and Susan Bates, MD (NCI)
14 Aging, progeria, and heart disease Elizabeth Nabel, MD (NHLBI) and Tom Mistelli, PhD (NCI)
21 Excema and the skin microbiome Julie Segre, PhD (NHGRI) and Hirsch Komarow, MD (NIAID)
28 Human papilloma virus and cancer: Prevention by vaccination Maura Gillison, MD, PhD (JHH) and Douglas Lowy, MD (NCI)
5 Multiple myeloma: Diagnosis and treatment in the genomic era Geraldine Schechter, MD (VA) and Luis Staudt, MD (NCI)
12 Finale: Career opportunities in biomedical science for PhDs TBA


2009 Course Materials

2009 Speaker Profiles

2009 Topic Introductions


THE COURSE: The course includes presentation of patients, pathology, diagnosis and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research.  Primarily directed toward Ph.D. students, fellows, and staff, it is also of interest to medical students and clinicians.  The course is designed to help bridge the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases.  Each session includes clinical and basic science components which are presented by NIH staff and outside invitees.

SIGN UP: Those seeking academic credit may register with FAES. Those not seeking academic credit should register through the course e-mail list. To subscribe to this e-mail list, send an e-mail message to this address: Substituting your name for Jan Doe's, the body of your message should say:  Subscribe DeMystifyingMed Jan Doe. Alternatively, you may sign up for Demystifying Medicine through the NIH LISTSERV web site.

COURSE INFORMATION: The course will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the ground floor auditorium of Building 50 on the NIH Campus. Recommended reading, presentation notes, as well as room changes and other information for the course will be distributed through this web site and the class e-mail list. Shorter materials distributed through the e-mail LISTSERV are available through the list archives. Longer items, papers, powerpoints, etc., that cannot be sent via the e-mail list are available through the Course Materials page. See the Topic Introductions page for my brief overview of the lecture subjects. See the Speaker Profiles page for background on the presenters. Explore archived course materials.

Registrants who attend more than 60% of the sessions and pass a computerized final exam will receive a certificate.

Lectures are presented live via online streaming video, and recorded videos are available for viewing online within a few days after the live event. Both the live sessions and the recorded sessions can be found on the NIH Videocasting Web site. The lectures can be viewed online as streaming video using "Real Player," which is available as a free download from the Videocasting Web site.

Please contact Win Arias at  for further information.


This web page was last modified on January 13, 2009. For questions about the course, please contact