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  Brain imaging

The environment and health

Medical ethics


Kidney cancer

Dental health

These topics will be covered in the 1998 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.

 Medicine for the Public, 1998

The Medicine for the Public lecture series, now in its 22nd 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.

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

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October 6

Imaging My Brain


R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Diagnostic Radiology and Associate Director for Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center

Throughout the centuries, people have been curious about what the human body looks like inside. Recent advances in imaging technology have made it possible to view internal body structures in great detail. Dr. Bryan will take you on a virtual tour of his own brain, highlighting how the latest imaging technology makes this possible. He will also show how these techniques have added to our knowledge of the aging normal brain as well as its diseases.

October 13

Environmental Risks for Disease

Kenneth Olden, Ph.D.

Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Human health and human disease result from three interactive elements: environmental factors, individual susceptibility, and age. The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding each of these elements and how they interrelate. The NIEHS achieves its mission through multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention efforts, and communication strategies that encompass training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach. In his lecture, Dr. Olden will discuss current research.

 October 20

Medical Ethics in American Health Care

Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Department of Clinical Bioethics, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center

In this lecture, Dr. Emanuel will discuss important ethical issues facing our health-care system, such as informed consent, euthanasia, and the patient-physician relationship.

October 27

Childhood Hyperactivity: New Research

Judith L. Rapoport, M.D.

Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Rapoport will present what researchers have learned in the last decade about childhood hyperactivity. She will also discuss how childhood hyperactivity is identified and diagnosed and current treatment options.

November 10

Kidney Cancer: Understanding How Genes Impact Cancer

W. Marston Linehan. M.D.

Chief, Urologic Oncology Branch, Division of Clinical Science, National Cancer Institute

Dr. Linehan will explore the genetic basis of kidney cancer and what that implies for other forms of cancer. Dr. Linehan's research focuses on the molecular genetics of kidney cancer. He was instrumental in the discovery of the von Hippel-Lindau gene, which often leads to kidney cancer in those people who have inherited it.

November 17

A Smile for a Lifetime

Harold Slavkin, D.D.S.

Director, National Institute of Dental Research

Life expectancy in 1900 was 45 years, and being toothless was a normal expectation. Today, thanks to dental implantology and continued investment in science and technology, a "smile for a lifetime" is becoming a reality. Dr. Slavkin will examine today's research and tomorrow's possibilities.

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