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'Medicine for the Public' Lecture Schedule

The Medicine for the Public lecture series, sponsored by the Clinical Center, is now in its 24th year. The talks, which are free and open to the public, are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24 in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium.

Sept. 19 — New Directions for Organ and Tissue Transplantation. Dr. Allan D. Kirk, chief of the transplantation section, NIDDK, 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.

Sept. 26 — Adolescents and AIDS: Millennium Milestones. Great progress has been made in the last two decades in the fight against HIV/AIDS, yet there's still far to go. Dr. Lauren Wood, senior clinical investigator in the HIV& AIDS Malignancy Branch, NCI, 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 — Dangerous Liaisons: Drugs and Herbal Products. Every day, as more Americans begin using herbal products, how many actually consider the risks? Drs. Stephen Piscitelli and Aaron Burstein of the Clinical Center's pharmacy department will describe the widespread use of complementary medicines in the United States, focusing on the benefits and dangers of herbal products.

Oct. 10 — Stroke: Rapid Diagnosis, New Treatments. Stroke happens every 43 seconds, and is the third leading cause of death. Dr. Alison Baird, visiting scientist at the Stroke Branch, NINDS, will discuss advances in how physicians use new imaging technology to confirm strokes, and review new options to treat them.

Oct. 17 — Women's Health Research for the 21st Century. The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health was established 10 years ago. Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH associate director for research on women's health and director of ORWH, will discuss current status and future direction in this field.

Oct. 24 — Prostate Cancer. Dr. Marston Linehan, chief of the Urologic Oncology Branch, NCI, and Dr. William Dahut, who heads the prostate cancer clinic in NCI's Medicine Branch, will outline risk factors for prostate cancer and how the disease develops.

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