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


Demystifying Medicine 2008

8 HIV/AIDS: The ultimate chameleon John Coffin (NCI) and Henry Masur (CC)
15 Coronary Heart Disease: Detecting and treating a major killer Bob Balaban (NHLBI), Michael Sack (NHLBI), and Douglas Rosing (NHLBI)
22 Cystic diseases and cilia: A new frontier Meral Gunay-Aygun (NHGRI) and Carolyn Ott (NICHD)
29 Diseases from the blood bank: Progress and the future Harvey Klein (CC) and Harvey Alter (CC)
5 Inflammatory bowel diseases: What is the target? Warren Strober (NIDDK) and Peter Mannon (NIAID)
12 Malaria: Big killer and big advances Thomas Wellems (NIAID) and John Robbins (NICHD)
19 Hunger, appetite, obesity, addiction: The new pandemic Nora Volkow (NIDA) and Monica Skarulis (NIDDK)
26 Diabetes and autoimmunity: Turning against self Abner Notkins (NIDCR) and Phillip Gorden (NIDDK)
4 West Nile Virus: A new threat Amy Agrawal (CC) and Philip Murphy (NIAID)
11 Genetic screening: Finding Mendelian disease genes Les Biesecker (NHGRI) and Julie Sapp (NHGRI)
18 Neurologic diseases in the genomic era Andrew Singleton (NIA) and Katrina Gwinn (NINDS)
25 Cystic fibrosis: A common inheritable disease with many unknowns Francis Collins (NHGRI) and Sharon Milgram (OD)
1 Lysosomal diseases: Patients and problems William Gahl (NHGRI), Marjan Huizing (NHGRI), Amanda Helip-Wooley (NHGRI), and Wendy Westbroek (NHGRI)
8 Gaucher’s disease: Treating a genetic disease Ellen Sidransky (NHGRI) and Chris Austin (NHGRI)
15 Traumatic brain injury: Mechanisms, treatment and challenges Leighton Chan (CC), Walter Koroshetz (NINDS), and DOD colleagues
22 Brain cancer: Problems and progress Howard Fine (NCI) and colleagues
29 Liver cancer: A global problem. Who gets THE liver transplant? Marc Ghany (NIDDK), Alan Wertheimer (CC), and Win Arias (NIDDK)
6 Lung cancer: Clinical progress and the cancer stem cell paradigm Guiseppe Giaccone (NCI) and Lyuba Varticovski (NCI)
13 FINALE: Mini-symposium: What does the future hold for PhDs? Michael Gottesman (OD), Alan Krensky (OD), Robert Balaban (NHLBI), Gisela Storz (NICHD), and Win Arias (NICHD)


2008 Course Materials

2008 Speaker Profiles

2008 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.


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