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'Medicine for the Public' Lectures Begin 26th Year

The 2002 Medicine for the Public lecture series, now in its 26th year, features physician-researchers working on the frontiers of medical discovery at NIH. The series helps people understand the latest developments in medicine with an emphasis on topics of current relevance presented by speakers who can relate stories of science to the lay public. Sponsored by the Clinical Center, the lectures are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the CC's Masur Auditorium. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Sept. 17, "Bioterrorism" — Dr. Pierre Noel, chief, hematology, CC department of laboratory medicine, will present the recent history of biological warfare programs, which offers a perspective on what the future may hold. He will also discuss the biologic and physical characteristics that may render a biological agent a potential weapon.

Sept. 24, "The Genetics of Speech and Communication Disorders" — Dr. Dennis Drayna, senior fellow, section on transcription factors, sensory receptors and channels, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NIDCD, will explain how genes affect the ability to communicate. He will discuss his work with stuttering and disorders of pitch recognition — also known as "tone deafness."

Oct. 1, "Coping with Anxiety and Depression in Uncertain Times" — Dr. Dennis Charney, chief, Mood and Anxiety Disorder Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch, NIMH. Recent research indicates that severe psychological trauma can cause symptoms of anxiety and depression. Charney will discuss these symptoms and how they affect brain function and alter body systems, and explore current treatments available.

Oct. 8, "Nutritional Therapies for Age-Related Eye Diseases" — Dr. Emily Chew, deputy director, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research, NEI, will explain age-related eye diseases, their incidence and the results of recent studies regarding nutritional supplements for these conditions. The public health impact of such treatment will also be assessed.

Oct. 15, "The Teen Brain"— Dr. Jay Giedd, chief, Brain Imaging, Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH, will explore recent findings from brain imaging (there is evidence, for example, that the brains of 9-year-olds differ from those of 13-year-olds) and the implications these findings have for parents, teachers, society and the teens themselves.

Oct. 29, "Endometriosis: Scrambled Eggs and Killer Cramps" — Dr. Pamela Stratton, chief, Gynecology Consult Service, Pediatric and Reproductive Endocrinology Branch, NICHD, will explain a study investigating whether raloxifene will prevent the return of pain after surgical treatment of endometriosis. What sets this research apart is the study of a designer estrogen, which blocks the body's estrogen in the uterus and therefore may prevent the regrowth of endometriosis.

For more information, contact Dianne Needham, 496-2563, or visit

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