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September 11, 2002


Emory and Georgia Tech Offer Minimedical School Courses in Biomedical Engineering

This fall's Emory MiniMedical School 103 course will feature scientists from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint program of Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering. Biomedical scientists will explain the latest medical advances made possible through the union of medical research and engineering technology. Learn about new products available through tissue engineering, creating brain activity with computer chips, new ways to diagnose and treat heart disease and cancer, and brain imaging of thoughts and feelings. This course is designed for the general public but also will be of interest and value to health care professionals, business persons, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the latest advances in science. No science background is necessary.

The MiniMedical School course will begin October 1, and continues for four consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m., with cookies and coffee served at 6:30. Tuition is $80 ($68 for past MiniMedical School graduates and Emory and Georgia Tech faculty and staff) and includes a "textbook," an Emory MiniMedical T-shirt, and a (mini)medical degree diploma. Classes are held on the Emory University campus in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building, 1440 Clifton Road, with free parking in the Michael Street parking deck and shuttles to transport you to the auditorium.

You may register online at Or, register by calling the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning, 404-727-6000.

Course topics are as follows, followed by short discussions:

October 1: Overview of biomedical engineering Tissue engineering overview, including new bioengineered devices

October 8: Biomedical engineering and cancer, including nanotechnology and genomics Cardiology advances, including artificial heart valves and pediatrics

October 15: Advanced imaging systems, including functional MRI and PET Behavioral imaging (visualizing thoughts and feelings)

October 22: Biomedical engineering and the brain, including creating brain activity with computer chips and advances in recording brain activity

Graduation ceremony with presentation of diplomas and t-shirts, Thomas Lawley, MD, Dean, Emory Medical School

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