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Black To Deliver 4th Diggs Lecture

Dr. Keith L. Black, director of the Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and professor and chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of California, Irvine, will present the 4th annual John Diggs Lecture on Friday, July 24, at 11:45 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The title of his talk is "New Strategies for the Treatment of Brain Tumors."

Dr. Keith L. Black

A world renowned brain tumor specialist, Black is best known for his pioneering research on the blood-brain barrier. He discovered that bradykinin, a natural body compound, is effective in opening the blood-brain barrier, allowing chemotherapeutic drugs to be delivered directly into brain tumors, thus increasing the effectiveness of the drugs. Another of his noteworthy research projects has focused on developing a vaccine to enhance the body's immune response to brain tumors. His research was recently featured in Time magazine's special issue, "Heroes of Medicine."

As a leading researcher in the field of brain tumors, Black -- who also serves as director of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program at Cedars-Sinai -- has published more than 100 scientific papers and presented his research findings at many national and international meetings. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Neurological Research, Perspectives in Neurological Surgery, Critical Reviews in Neurosurgery, and the Journal of Radiosurgery. He is also on the NIH board of scientific counselors for neurological disorders and stroke.

Black earned a bachelor of science degree in 1978 and a medical degree in 1981, both from the University of Michigan. After completing his residency and an internship at the medical center there, he joined the faculty of the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center. Before coming to Cedars-Sinai, Black served as head of neurosurgical oncology and head of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program at UCLA, where he performed more than 200 brain tumor operations annually.

The lecture -- cosponsored by the speakers bureau of the NIH Black Scientists Association, the Office of Alternative Medicine, NIAID, NIEHS and NINDS -- is presented in honor of the late Dr. John W. Diggs, who served as NIH deputy director for extramural research from July 1989 to June 1993.

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