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These topics will be covered in the 1997 Medicine for the Public lecture series, sponsored by the NIH Clinical Center.

The lectures, which are free and open to the public, are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda, Maryland

 Multiple Sclerosis

Vision and Aging

Genetics of Lung Disease

Hormones and Heart Disease after Menopause

Bone Marrow Transplants

Medicine for the Public

Medicine for the Public

The Medicine for the Public lecture series, now in its 21st year, features physician-scientists working at the forefront of medical research at the National Institutes of Health. The series helps people understand the latest developments in medicine--new therapies, diagnostic procedures, and research. The emphasis is on current topics and speakers who can relate to the lay public.

Beginning this fall, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and give  thanks to the American people for 50 years of support in cardiovascular research. To help commemorate this milestone and the research progress achieved, three of this year's MFP lectures will focus on NHLBI-related research advances.

For additional information on specific topics or speakers, please call (301) 496-2563.



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September 23 Multiple Sclerosis: A New Understanding.  Dr. Henry F. McFarland, chief of the Neuroimmunology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will go over factors influencing multiple sclerosis and the signs and symptoms of the disease. He'll lay out the diagnostic tests available, who is most vulnerable, treatment, and recent research findings.

October 7

Vision and Aging

Today, there are more than 32 million Americans age 65 or older, and this number is growing. With aging, however, comes an increased risk of eye problems that can seriously affect the lifestyle and independence of the older individual. Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, scientific director of the National Eye Institute, will focus on the four major eye disorders that can affect vision later in life-- glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

 October 14

Genetics of Lung Disease: Insights into Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis and Emphysema

About 12 million Americans have asthma. Nearly 2 million suffer from emphysema. About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis--the most common fatal genetic disease in the U.S.--are diagnosed each year. By identifying the genes associated with these serious lung diseases, researchers can pinpoint susceptibility and, ultimately, develop new treatments and cures. Dr. Joel Moss, chief of the Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Branch at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will present.

October 21

Hormomes and Heart Disease After Menopause

Heart disease is a leading killer of women over 60, yet until recently, it was considered a man's disease. Dr. Richard Cannon, deputy chief for clinical services in the Cardiology Branch of NHLBI, will discuss Hormones and Heart Disease After Menopause. He will address the roles hormones play in heart disease and what lifestyle factors are involved in maintaining a healthy heart. He will also discuss the dark side of hormone replacement therapy as well as current research efforts.

October 28

New Perspectives for Bone Marrow Transplants

Dr. John Barrett, chief of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of NHLBI, will explain what bone marrow transplants are, how they cure diseases, and what lies on the horizon for this life-saving treatment.
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