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For Immediate Release
Friday, October 17, 2008


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News Advisory

Author Lee Woodruff, Nobel Laureate Richard Axel to Speak at NIDCDís 20th Anniversary

What: Author Lee Woodruff and 2004 Nobel Prize winner Richard Axel will be among the presenters at the 20th anniversary symposium of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health. Ms. Woodruff will share her family’s story about the life-altering changes they experienced when her husband, ABC news anchor and reporter Bob Woodruff, suffered a traumatic brain injury after his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Dr. Axel will join a slate of stellar scientists as he discusses his research on the science of smell. To see the full agenda, go to www.nidcd.nih.gov/about/20th_symposium_schedule.htm.
When: Thursday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Natcher Conference Center 45 Center Drive National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda, Maryland
Media availability: Ms. Woodruff will be available for interviews briefly following her presentation. Other speakers will be available throughout the day.

NIDCD, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2008, supports and conducts research and research training on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language and provides health information, based upon scientific discovery, to the public. For more information about NIDCD programs, see the Web site at www.nidcd.nih.gov.

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