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September 3, 2002
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830
Janet Fitzakerley, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Physiology 218 726-7012
George Trachte, Associate Dean for Research School of Medicine Duluth 218 726-8975

School of Medicine Duluth Announces First Annual Series of
"Doc Talks"
The Free Public Programs to Address Medical Topics of Popular Interest and Importance

"Doc Talks", a series of free public lectures on interesting and important topics of health information has been announced by the School of Medicine Duluth (SOMD). Programs will take place on the UMD campus, the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 142 of the School of Medicine Duluth (except where otherwise noted).

Janet Fitzakerley, Assistant Professor in SOMD Departments of Pharmacology and Physiology said, "We at the School of Medicine Duluth are excited to present this free lecture series to the public. The topics selected represent important public health issues, and the speakers chosen are very well-qualified and knowledgable in their respective fields."

More information may be found at

"Doc Talks"
School of Medicine Duluth (SOMD)
Public Lecture Series 2002-2003
(All lectures at 7:30 p.m. in SOMD Lecture Hall 142 unless otherwise noted)

September 10
"What's the big deal about my DNA?"
Dr. Annette Boman, School of Medicine Duluth
*** Note change in location to UMD Kirby Student Center Ballroom (3rd floor)
October 8
"Holes in Your Brain: The Story of Prions and Chronic Wasting Disease"
Dr. Glenn Del Giudice, Minnesota DNR
Dr. Louise Hawley, SOMD
Dr. Rebecca Meyerson, SMDC
November 19
"The Threat of Bioterrorism - Issues and Our Plan for Preparedness"
Dr. Richard Danila, Section Chief,
Acute Disease Investigation and Control,
Minnesota Department of Health
December 10
the 2002 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Research Award
(Research Award to be announced in mid-October)
Speaker on the topic of the Research Award.......TBA
January 14
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Behavioral Science Department, School of Medicine Duluth
February 11
To Be Announced
Topics under consideration:
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Healing the Weekend Warrior
East vs. West (holistic approaches to medicine)
Stem Cells
March 11
Brain Awareness
Dr. Janet Fitzakerley, School of Medicine Duluth
Dr. Les Drewes, School of Medicine Duluth
April 8
Health care directives/Living Wills/Organ Donation
Dr. Barbara Elliott, School of Medicine Duluth

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