Media Advisory

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NIH Clinical Center Announces 2008 "Medicine for the Public" Lecture Series

What: The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center will hold its annual Medicine for the Public lecture series November 25 through December 16. Presented every fall since 1978, the series provides the public with information on medical research geared toward the non-scientist. The lectures begin at 7 p.m. They are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, November 25
"Cancer Screening: The Clash of Medical Science and Intuition"
Dr. Barnett S. Kramer

Associate Director for Disease Prevention
Director of the Office of Medical Applications of Research
Office of Disease Prevention, Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health

Tuesday, December 2
"New Insights, New Directions for Treating Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder"
Dr. Carlos A. Zarate

Chief, Experimental Therapeutics, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
Division of Intramural Research Programs
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health

Tuesday, December 9
"The Next Breath We Take: Trailblazing New Treatments for Asthma"
Dr. Stewart J. Levine

Chief, Asthma and Lung Inflammation Section
Acting Chief, Pulmonary and Vascular Medicine Branch
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health

Tuesday, December 16
"New Frontiers in Traumatic Brain Injury: Evaluation and Treatment"
Dr. Leighton Chan

Chief, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, NIH Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health

Where: Lipsett Amphitheater
Building 10, the NIH Clinical Center
NIH Campus
Bethesda, Maryland

More Information: Security is tight at NIH. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the lecture to allow time for security clearance and bring a government issued ID (such as a driver’s license or passport). All visitors’ vehicles will be inspected. Enter NIH at NIH Gateway Drive and Rockville Pike. Come by Metro, if possible. Exit at Medical Center on the red line, located at the NIH Gateway Center (Bldg. 66).

Who Should Attend: General public.

Hosts: NIH Clinical Center.

Note to Editors: For information on the Medicine for the Public series or for parking and directions, call Clinical Center Office of Communications, Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison (301) 496-2563 or visit

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