June 3, 1997
Media Contact: Marc Kusinitz
"This will be a chance to see the shape of things to come in medicine and surgery, especially at Hopkins."
Lectures hosted June 5-7 by The Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association will give an inside look at what keeps Hopkins a top academic medical center and what's being done in the research labs, classrooms and clinical arenas to keep it that way.
Leading physicians from each department of the School of Medicine will review the state of medicine and surgery today and preview advances for the 21st century at the association's biennial meeting.
"The meeting will show how the various specialties plan to meet the medical and research challenges of the future," says Edward Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and chief operating officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "This will be a chance to see the shape of things to come in medicine and surgery, especially at Hopkins."
Among the many topics to be covered in the various departmental meetings are advances in treating brain cancer, current trends in HIV infections in women, the human form of "mad cow disease," in vitro fertilization, chronic fatigue syndrome, food allergies, eating disorders, treatment of chronic pain, and using "brain mapping" techniques to study stroke. Some of the presentations will give a broad historical look at the work being done at Hopkins. For example, Kathryn Carbone, M.D., associate professor of medicine, will present a history of Hopkins research into Borna disease virus, from the earliest investigations decades ago to the current theory that the virus is the cause of some psychiatric problems.
Attendees will also be able to tour The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Asthma and Allergy Center and Geriatrics Center on Friday or Saturday. In addition, there will be a presentation of The Precursors Study, an ongoing study of the health status of 1,337 former Johns Hopkins medical students begun in 1946, and designed to identify characteristics associated with premature hypertension and cardiovascular disease. The study was begun by Caroline Bedell Thomas, M.D., now 92 years old, and still active in the work.
Member of the press interested in attending any meeting should contact Marc Kusinitz at (410) 955-8665 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.