Emory Report
March 7, 2005
Volume 57, Number 22


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March 7 , 2005
Spring Mini-Med School to focus on cancer, beginning March 22

BY vincent dollard

The spring semester of Emory’s ever-popular Mini-Medical School will feature 10 of Georgia’s most prominent physicians and researchers explaining the latest discoveries in cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Hosted by Randy Martin, professor of cardiology and well-known local TV correspondent, the course will cover some of the groundbreaking molecular research, patient-centered cancer care, and innovative clinical trials all currently under way at the Winship Cancer Institute. Students will learn about the latest advances in treatment for breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer; discover how new imaging techniques can detect cancer earlier and contribute to specialized gene therapies, and hear how maintaining and enhancing quality of life is becoming a greater part of cancer treatment programs. In addition, a one-night “residency” will take students on a tour of the Winship Cancer Institute laboratories and patient care areas.

The course will begin on March 22 and continue for five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7–9 p.m. Refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m., and classes will be held in WHSCAB Auditorium, with free parking at the Michael Street parking deck and shuttle service to WHSCAB. By week, the schedule includes:

• March 22
Welcome by William Todd, president and CEO, Georgia Cancer Coalition; “Electronic Imaging: Cancer Detection and Treatment,” Patricia Hudgins, professor, radiology; “Lung Cancer: Advances in Treatment,” Fadlo Khuri, associate director, Winship Cancer Institute, professor, hematology and oncology.
• March 29 “Cancer Research and Treatment: New Frontiers in Eliminating Cancer,” Jonathan Simons, director, Winship Cancer Institute, professor, hematology and oncology; “Environmental Issues and Cancer,” Michael Thun, vice president for epidemiology and research, American Cancer Society.
• April 5 “Colon Cancer: Advances in Treatment,” Charles Staley, director, surgical oncology; “Prostate Cancer: Advances in Treatment,” Fray Marshall, professor, urology.
• April 12 “Cancer Prevention: What Research Tells Us,” Otis Brawley, associate director, Winship Cancer Institute, medical director, Georgia Cancer Center of Excellence at Grady Hospital; “Breast Cancer: Advances in Treatment,” William Wood, professor, surgery.
• April 19 “Children Facing Cancer,” William Woods, director, AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; “Cancer Treatment and Quality of Life: Strategies for Success,” Roberta Kaplow, professor, adult and elder health.

Tuition for Mini-Medical School is $85 (Emory employees and graduates of past Mini-Medical courses qualify for a 15 percent discount). Tuition includes a textbook, an Emory Mini-Medical School T-shirt, refreshments, residency and diploma. To register online, visit www.cll.emory.edu/registration/index.htm or call the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning at 404-727-6000.