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WHSC News Releases for October

October 31, 2002 Emory Professor Hosts Salute to Medical and Health Book Authors
An event to honor authors of health and medical books is being held to inspire other health professionals to become authors and share their knowledge of important medical topics. A Salute to Medical Literacy!, hosted by the Emory University School of Medicine and sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceutical, will take place on December 5, 2002 from 7 – 10 p.m. in Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building. The medical community and the public are invited.

October 31, 2002 Emory Eye Center Researchers Identify Lymphocytes Required for Ocular Tolerance
Unlike other parts of the body, the eye will tolerate the presence of foreign tissue in certain areas, such as the anterior chamber between the iris and the cornea, or the space underneath the retina. The same tissue placed elsewhere in the body, on the skin for example, would trigger an immunereaction and be rejected.

October 31, 2002 Predicting Paths of Epidemics: Emory Great Teachers Lecturer Tracks Infectious Disease Outbreaks Using Biostatistic Modeling
Ira M. Longini, Jr., PhD, professor of biostatistics at the Rollins School of Public Health, will give the next Emory University Great Teachers Lecture on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Held in Emory's Miller-Ward Alumni House at 815 Houston Mill Road, the lecture is free and open to the public.

October 30, 2002 Photography Exhibit At Fernbank Focuses On Quest For AIDS Vaccine
The Hope for Humanity: The Quest For An AIDS Vaccine exhibit is being organized by the Hope Clinic in collaboration with Humanitarian Endeavors and the Fernbank Science Center. The exhibit, featuring the photographs of Andrew Petkun and educational science displays about vaccines, runs from November 4, 2002 – January 31, 2003 at the Fernbank Science Center.

October 30, 2002 Emory Expert Guides Women with Epilepsy through Pregnancy Challenges
Many mothers-to-be face a number of joys and challenges, coupled with endless questions, before and during pregnancy. But what about mothers-to-be who also suffer from epilepsy? "Women with epilepsy who are considering becoming pregnant should seek medical attention and advice beforehand," says Page Pennell, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, and director of the Emory Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Dr. Pennell specializes in the treatment of epilepsy in pregnant women, the only such specialist in the metro-Atlanta area and the most recognized one in the Southeast.

October 30, 2002 Emory Neonatologist To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Alfred W. Brann, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine and neonatologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, will receive the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel in Atlanta. The award is given annually to a physician for his or her work in the field of pediatrics. Dr. Brann will receive the award on behalf of his outstanding work and achievements in neonatal and perinatal medicine throughout the state of Georgia, and across the world.

October 25, 2002 Emory Nursing School Receives $5 Million Endowment For Nursing Education Program
An innovative program to increase the nation's supply of university-trained nurse leaders has received an extraordinary boost with the commitment of $5 million from The Helene Fuld Health Trust to Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The largest single gift in the school's history will establish an endowment to support the Nursing Segue Program —a specialized program for individuals who have earned bachelor's degrees in other fields.

October 23, 2002 Biomedical Engineer Tests Nanoparticles As Cancer Detection Agent in Emory/Georgia Tech Research
Biomedical engineer Shuming Nie is testing the use of nanoparticles called quantum dots to improve clinical diagnostic tests for the early detection of cancer. The tiny particles glow and act as markers on cells and genes, potentially giving scientists the ability to rapidly analyze biopsy tissue from cancer patients so that doctors can provide the most effective therapy available.

October 18, 2002 amfAR Fellowship Funds Emory Microbiologist's Study of Dendritic Cell Role in HIV Immune Response
The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has awarded Emory microbiologist Sang-Moo Kang, Ph.D., a fellowship to study how dendritic cells might be used to improve the immune response against AIDS. Dr. Kang theorizes that by increasing the number of dendritic cells, which play an important role in priming immune responses and establishing immune memory, he can enhance the immune response to HIV. The findings also could prove useful in developing an effective AIDS vaccine.

October 15, 2002 Two Emory Professors Elected to Institute of Medicine
Two Emory University professors are among a newly elected class of 65 leading figures in the health sciences announced today by the Institute of Medicine.

October 15, 2002 New Parkinson's Surgical Procedure Shows Lasting Benefits, According to Emory Researchers
A new method of performing a surgical procedure in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients is providing long-lasting symptom relief for those with moderate to advanced stages of the disease, according to the results of an international pilot study. Researchers in Cuba, in collaboration with an international team of investigators from Emory University and other centers in the U.S. and Spain, presented their findings on Oct. 14 at the American Neurological Association's (ANA) 127th Annual Meeting in New York City.

October 15, 2002 Landmark Study Shows Coenzyme Q10 Slows Progressive, Functional Decline in Parkinson's Disease Patients
In the first study of its type, researchers at Emory University and nine other centers nationwide have determined that a naturally occurring compound called coenzyme Q10 can slow progressive deterioration associated with the early stages of Parkinson's disease up to 44 percent. This is the first time a study has show that any nutrient or vitamin might play a role in slowing the progression of PD. The greatest benefits were seen in motor skills and activities of daily living, such as walking, dressing, feeding and bathing.

October 15, 2002 Emory Researchers Find More Expensive -- and More Beneficial -- Heart Treatment Not So Costly In Long Run
Acute coronary syndromes ("small" heart attacks and worsening chest pains) account for 1.4 million hospital admissions per year - and, after six months, these patients' medical bills add up to approximately $30 billion in the US alone.

October 14, 2002 Best Selling Author of "The Hot Zone" to Speak at Emory
Richard Preston, the award-winning author of #1 New York Times bestseller "The Hot Zone," will lecture on his brand new book about smallpox and anthrax, "The Demon in the Freezer," at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 16 in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building auditorium at Emory University.

October 10, 2002 Emory Internist Selected To Serve on IOM Committee on Health Literacy
Ruth M. Parker, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and internist at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, has been selected for the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Health Literacy, a group composed of expert physicians and other health care professionals from across the country. As a committee member, Dr. Parker will help examine the root problems that underlie health illiteracy, a lack of understanding that prevents many people from identifying and receiving appropriate health care when they need it.

October 10, 2002 Fellowship Program in Biological Sciences Links Emory University and Atlanta University Center
More than 25 postgraduate science students in Atlanta universities are training to become researchers and college teachers in the biological sciences through the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program. The FIRST program has just completed its second year of a five-year grant of nearly $7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Emory University and five institutions within the Atlanta University Center (AUC).

October 9, 2002 Emory University Receives $1.5 Million to Support Faith-Based Community Health Programs Across Country
An Emory University program that represents a unique combination of public health and religion has received a $1.5 million grant designed to promote community health in seven states from Georgia to California.

October 8, 2002 Emory Pharmacologist Wins Prestigious Keck Foundation Award
Randy A. Hall, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology in Emory University School of Medicine, has been named a 2002 Keck Distinguished Young Scholar in Medical Research. The award from the W.M. Keck Foundation includes a $1 million grant over five years to the School of Medicine in support of Dr. Hall's research on neurotransmitters and hormone receptors in the brain and cardiovascular systems.

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