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WHSC News Releases for April 1999

Apr 26 '99

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NEW VACCINE PROVIDES PROTECTION FROM HIV IN MONKEYS AIDS researchers at Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center have created a DNA vaccine that protects monkeys against a formidable challenge HIV virus. Achieving protection with this vaccine, made with harmless components from a SHIV -- a blend of parts from HIV and SIV (simian or monkey immunodeficiency virus) -- marks a significant and promising step toward the development of an effective AIDS vaccine. The study results are reported in the May issue of Nature Medicine by Dr. Harriet Robinson, Chief of Microbiology and Immunology at Yerkes Primate Center. FULL STORY
Apr 21 '99 EMORY--HORSERADISH GRILL--CHATEAU ELAN TEAM UP FOR THIRD ANNUAL GOLF "TOURNAMENT FOR THE CURE" Local golfers are invited to team up with Emory University, Horseradish Grill and Chateau Elan this May to help fund research leading to a cure for breast cancer. The third annual "Tournament for the Cure" will take place Tuesday, May 25 at the prestigious Chateau Elan Legends Golf Course. Golfers may join colleagues, friends or family for an enjoyable and worthwhile day of golf, with proceeds used to fund breast cancer research in Emory University's Division of Surgical Oncology. FULL STORY
Apr 19 '99 LIPIDS FOUND IN MILK, CHEESE, AND SOYBEANS INHIBIT THE PROGRESSION OF COLON CANCER IN MICE Scientists at the Experimental Biology '99 meeting in Washington, D.C. reported Monday that a group of cellular building blocks called sphingolipids inhibit tumor progression in mice. In two studies, Emory University researchers Eva-Marie Schmelz, Ph.D., and Alfred H. Merrill, Jr., Ph.D. fed sphingolipids to mice that had been treated with a colon carcinogen or to a strain of mice that spontaneously develop colon tumors similar to those seen in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis, a hereditary disease in which patients develop thousands of adenomas, or polyps, some of which eventually progress to cancer. FULL STORY
Apr 17 '99 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM HONORS DISTINGUISHED EMORY NUTRITIONAL SCIENTIST Nutritional scientists from around the world will gather at a special symposium honoring Donald B. McCormick, Ph.D., Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Nutrition at Emory University, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (ASNS) in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. The ASNS meeting is part of the annual Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) meeting. FULL STORY
Apr 17 '99 ADDRESSING ORGAN, TISSUE & BLOOD DONATION IN AFRICAN AMERICANS Georgia Leadership Commission on Organ, Tissue, Blood and Marrow Donation Among African Americans concludes its series of PUBLIC HEARINGS across the state with an event in Atlanta. The commission is using the hearings to address the shortage of organ, tissue, blood and marrow donations among African Americans in Georgia and to seek remedies to the situation. FULL STORY Also: Organ Donor Facts
Apr 17 '99 AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES HONORS EMORY INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION EXPERT The American Society for Nutritional Sciences (ASNS) has awarded international nutrition expert Reynaldo Martorell, Ph.D., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of International Nutrition and chair of international nutrition in Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, the E.V. McCollum Award in international nutrition. Dr. Martorell will deliver the E.V. McCollum International Lecture at the Experimental Biology '99 Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. FULL STORY
Apr 16 '99 EMORY OFFERING SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and Emory University's Winship Cancer Center, along with Emory Hospitals, The Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center and the Emory Department of Dermatology, are offering skin cancer screenings to the public. FULL STORY
Apr 16 '99 PARENTS:Consider Enrolling Toddlers in Emory Study of New Croup Vaccine Parents of toddlers between 6- to 18-months-of-age are invited to enroll their children in a croup vaccine study being conducted by Harry L. Keyserling, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. FULL STORY
Apr 16 '99 EMORY RESEARCHER STUDIES COMMON SPICE AND A DECREASE IN SKIN, COLON CANCER An Emory Univesity researcher is exploring the link between a spice commonly found in Indian food and a lower incidence of skin and colon cancer. FULL STORY
Apr 7 '99 MILLENNIUM BABY MOMS -- AND ALL WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE -- SHOULD STOCK UP ON FOLIC ACID "DO IT NOW AND DO IT WITH FOLIC ACID", says birth defects authority Gordon P. Oakley Jr., M.D., to all those women timing their pregnancies this week so as to delivery on New Year's Day 2000. FULL STORY
Apr 2 '99 STRASSER NAMED CHAIR OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE Dale C. Strasser, M.D., has been named chairman of the department of rehabilitation medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. FULL STORY
Apr 1 '99 DEHAAN LECTURE ON HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION SLATED FOR APRIL 12 Health promotion expert Marshall W. Kreuter, Ph.D., of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will present the 10th Annual Virginia S. DeHaan Lecture on Health Promotion and Education April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Alperin Auditorium of the 1525 Building. FULL STORY
Apr 1 '99 EMERGENCY MEDICINE SOCIETY AWARDS EMORY PHYSICIAN NEUROTRAUMA RESEARCH GRANT The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) has selected David W. Wright, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, as the inaugural recipient of the SAEM Scholarly Sabbatical Award. The award will provide $50,000 to Dr. Wright and to the Emory Department of Emergency Medicine for six months of directed research. FULL STORY

Apr 1 '99

EMORY SCIENTISTS DEMONSTRATE NEW PATHWAY FOR GENETIC MUTATIONS IN EVERYDAY CELL LIFE Spontaneous chemical changes occurring within the DNA of non-dividing cells may result in the development of mutant proteins with potentially serious consequences for the development of degenerative neurological diseases or cancer. Findings by Emory University scientist Paul Doetsch, Ph.D., reported in the April 2, 1999 issue of Science, provide a new explanation for why and how terminally differentiated cells --those that are no longer dividing and replicating -- express unrepaired genetic damage. Co-authors of the study were graduate student Anand Viswanathan and Ho Jin You, M.D., Ph.D. FULL STORY
Apr 1 '99 AN ASPIRIN A DAY TO KEEP STROKE AWAY? Emory Receives $14 Million Federal Grant to Coordinate 50-Site Brain Attack Prevention Trial Doctors don't know how best to prevent stroke caused by clogged arteries in the brain--a condition known as intracranial arterial stenosis. To better evaluate two potential tactics for preventing this type of stroke in high-risk patients, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health has funded the Warfarin-Aspirin Symptomatic Intracranial Disease (WASID) study. FULL STORY
Mar 23 '99 NEW EMORY TINNITUS CENTER HELPS STOP INCESSANT "RINGING IN THE EARS" You might be surprised to find out you have something in common with several very famous people, like Beethoven, Martin Luther and Francis Bacon, for example. All three suffered from tinnitus, which is the medical term for a "ringing in the ears". FULL STORY

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