Given lectures to spotlight everyday medical problems |

Given lectures to spotlight everyday medical problems

While medical science continues to make advances in traditional areas of study, such as cancer research, the public is demanding more information in new areas of health care concerns – from bio-terrorism to sports medicine. The Given Institute’s free winter public lecture series will feature top physicians and researchers talking about bio-terrorism, sports medicine, new cancer therapies and the recent hormone replacement controversy. All seating is free and unreserved, and all lectures will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Given Institute, at 100 E. Francis St. in Aspen. Light refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. The first speaker will be Brigadier General Annette L. Sobel, who will speak on “Bio-Terrorism Preparedness: The Road Ahead” on Feb. 6. Sobel, the Air National Guard assistant for weapons of mass destruction and civil support, will outline scenarios of natural or man-made disasters to focus her discussion regarding the protection of critical infrastructure, including hospitals, EMS preparedness, and water and food supplies. The second speaker will be Richard Sachson M.D., who is scheduled to speak on “Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women: The New Controversy” on Feb. 20. Dr. Sachson will talk about a new report from the Women’s Health Initiative showing that hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women may be more dangerous than beneficial. The third speaker will be J. John Cohen M.D., who will speak on Feb. 27 about “The Immune System: Our 7th & Most Important Sense.” Dr. Cohen will talk about how molecules and cells found in the immune system are now being investigated as the most promising tools in new cancer therapies. The fourth speaker will be Jordan D. Metzel M.D., who will speak on “Healthy Sports: A Guide for Parents and Coaches” on March 13. Dr. Metzel will discuss what parents can do to ensure that their children are participating in sports at a level that is healthy for both the body and the mind. The final speaker will be Joel S. Levine M.D., who will speak on “Our Nation’s Health Care Crisis” on March 20. Dr. Levine will talk about why the United States system of health care is focusing too heavily on finances rather than the system of health care delivery, and how the system came to be “inequitable, incoherent, expensive and unreliable.” The Given Institute offers a full schedule of public lectures, as well as professional medical seminars and workshops throughout the year. The public presentations are offered as an opportunity for local citizens and visitors to interact with and benefit from the visiting faculty.For more information, call 925-1057, or visit the Web site at

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