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Media Contact: Ashante Dobbs 10 September 2007    
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International Hypertension Researcher Dr. Bernard Rossier To Give Mitch Lecture at Emory
Bernard C. Rossier, MD, whose discoveries in the area of salt-sensitive hypertension are paving the way for new treatments of high blood pressure, will deliver this year's William E. Mitch Lecture in Nephrology at Emory University School of Medicine. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building Auditorium, located off Clifton Rd. on the Emory campus.

Dr. Rossier is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the Institut de Pharmacologie et de Toxicologie at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. He is one of the world's leaders in the genetic causes of hypertension and was part of the research team that identified a mutant gene in sufferers of Liddle's syndrome, a rare, severe form of high blood pressure.

Dr. Rossier's research focuses on genetic factors that lead to a sensitivity or resistance to salt-related hypertension, and pinpointing the role of the kidneys in managing high blood pressure. Dr. Rossier earned his medical degree from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The William E. Mitch Lecture in Nephrology is given annually to honor Dr. Mitch, who served as director of the Renal Division at Emory University School of Medicine from 1987 to 2002. Dr. Mitch is recognized for his many years of dedication and service in nephrology as a physician, teacher, and scientist in the area of chronic renal failure and nutrition in renal disease. He served as President of the American Society of Nephrology in 2004. He currently is the Gordon A. Cain professor of medicine and director of the Renal Division at Baylor College of Medicine.

The Mitch Lectureship is endowed by Amgen, a human therapeutics company in the biotechnology industry. The lectures, which focus on translational research, recognize individuals who are skilled as both scientists and clinical scholars and can present cutting-edge knowledge, new clinical techniques, and the latest in medical education to the faculty and students of Emory University School of Medicine.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-727-2525.

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