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Given talks address cutting-edge medical discoveries

Aspen Times Staff Report

The rapid pace of new discoveries in medical science and the complexity of debate that accompanies them often result in a blur of headlines that quickly come and go, only touching the surface of issues that are critically important to the public.

That’s why the Given Institute in Aspen continues to bring top experts in a range of medical fields to offer their insight and expertise as part of the Institute’s free public lecture series.

“From Stem Cells to Mammograms: Cutting Edge Medical Discoveries” is the title of this year’s summer lecture series, which includes six presentations from doctors and researchers from across the country.

All lectures will be held at the Institute, 100 E. Francis Street, and are free and open to the public. The presentations start at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments provided 30 minutes prior.

The first speaker, on July 18, will be Dr. Richard Hirsh, founder of Radiology Mammography International and a diagnostic radiologist at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.

He will present, “Debunking the Mammography Controversy, from America to Beijing.” In recent years, researchers have been debating the effectiveness of mammograms, and questioning past studies on the subject. Dr. Hirsh will discuss the roots of the controversy, why he continues to believe strongly in the life-saving work of mammograms and how he is bringing the technology to an array of Third World countries.

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On July 30, Dr. Ron Lesser will speak on, “New Epilepsy Treatments: Exploring the Mysteries of the Brain.” Dr. Lesser, a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss the latest advances in the treatment of epilepsy – treatments that are simultaneously yielding new insights on how the brain functions.

And on Aug. 7, Dr. James Hill will present, “The Obesity Epidemic: New Research and Critical Campaigns.” Dr. Hill, the Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, will discuss the growing problem of obesity, including the fact that the population of obese Americans has doubled in the last seven years.

On Aug. 16, Dr. Curt Freed will talk about “Stem Cell Breakthroughs: Fighting Parkinson’s and Beyond.” Dr. Freed, director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, will address the ethical controversy over the use of stem cells, as well as the latest medical research using stem cells.

On Aug. 29, Dr. Lee Osterman will speak on, “The Boundless Potential of Nerve Regeneration.” Dr. Osterman, Director of the Philadelphia Hand Center and Fellowship Program, will talk about the latest breakthroughs in microvascular surgery and the broader implications for nerve regeneration.

Wrapping up the public lecture series on Sept. 26 will be John Fielder, renowned author and nature photographer, who will talk about, “The Healing Powers of Nature.” Fielder will speak on the psychological effects of nature on humans.

For more information, call 925-1057.