Emory University's popular Mini Medical School 101 for the general public returns next month with a series of lectures entitled "Health and Disease in the 21st Century: What Science Has to Say About Living Long and Living Well."
New students as well as returning alumni -- twenty-somethings as well as seniors -- will find provocative new insights into the basis of good health and successful aging.
Some of Emory's leading professors in the School of Medicine will sort out good science from hype in areas that include the heart and the brain; obesity, diet, nutrition and fitness; stress, anxiety and depression; chronic diseases such as diabetes, and stage-of-life issues like hormone replacement therapy.
The course director again will be Randy Martin, MD, the Channel 2 health reporter, professor of medicine and director of echocardiology at Emory. Dr. Martin will also deliver the first lecture in the series, entitled "The Skinny on Nutrition and Health."
Classes will be held at 7pm-9pm on five consecutive Tuesdays, from October 4 to November 1, in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building auditorium on the Emory campus. Tuition is $85 (with a 15 percent discount for past Mini Medical School alumni and Emory faculty and staff). The fee includes refreshments, a class binder with handouts, an Emory Mini Medical School T-shirt, and a "diploma" awarded upon completion. Free parking is available in the Michael Street parking deck, with shuttles to transport students to the auditorium.
To register, call the Center for Lifelong Learning at 404-727-6000 or visit the Web site at http://www.cll.emory.edu/minimed/.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 4
"The Skinny on Nutrition and Health" Randy Martin, MD, Professor of Medicine (Division of Cardiology) Director of Echocardiology
"Obesity and Its Treatment" C. Daniel Smith, MD, Professor of Surgery Chief of the Division of General and GI Surgery
TUESDAY OCTOBER 11
"Fit for Life: Sports Medicine for Everyone" John W. Xerogeanes, M.D. Chief of the Emory Sports Medicine Center
"The Healthy Heart" Laurence Sperling, MD, Director, Preventive Cardiology
TUESDAY OCTOBER 18
"The Healthy Spine and Back" Scott D. Boden, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Director, Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center
"Hormone Replacement Therapy: Myth and Fact" Penny Z. Castellano, MD, Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Operations, The Emory Clinic
TUESDAY OCTOBER 25
"Diabetes: Its Prevention and Treatment" Lawrence Phillips, MD, Professor of Medicine (Division of Endocrinology)
"Medicine Below the Belt: Urology 101" Niall Galloway, MD, Associate Professor of Urology; Director, Emory Continence Center
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1
"The Healthy Mind and Brain" Stuart Zola, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Yerkes National Primate Research Center
"Stress and Anxiety, Depression and Happiness" Charles Raison, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences