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For Release: July 30, 2010
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'Bionic Man and Super Woman': DCMS fall series in Manchester

DCMS series will focus on biotech,
nanotechnology, fertility

Manchester, N.H.—Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) experts in biotechnology, genetics, and fertility this fall will offer an explorer's guide through the growing jungle of options for treating human ailments and injuries.

The series will run on Wednesday evenings between September 15 and October 27 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Derryfield School's Nancy C. Boettiger Auditorium. Lecturers for the Dartmouth Community Medical School (DCMS) will present different aspects on the theme of "Bionic Man and Super Woman: Medicine Changing Human Capabilities." The fall series offers another chance to learn about these topics for those who may have missed any of the DCMS presentations at Dartmouth in the spring of 2010.

"We want to bring the community up to speed about the technological advances that are beginning to impact how human beings manage to survive a significant injury," says Lionel Lewis, MB.BCh.,M.D., a DMS professor of medicine and pharmacology and toxicology, and director of the DCMS curriculum. "We need also to look at research angles that are potentially going to increase our lifespan far beyond what anyone could have imagined not so long ago."

Lewis adds that along with offering insight into medical technologies, the series will highlight the growing collaboration among faculty researchers at the medical school and Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering on medical and surgical technologies.

"People may be hearing in the media about some of these current advances," Lewis says. "We're actually doing some of these things here at Dartmouth."

Lecture Schedule
Patricia Ernst, Ph.D., and Richard Powell, M.D., will open the series on September 15 an outline of the latest in stem-cell and gene therapy in "Tissues and Genes Get Turned On." Ernst is an associate professor of genetics and of microbiology and immunology. Powell is a professor of surgery and of radiology, who in his practice specializes in repair of aneurysms.

On September 22, "Unparalleled Maneuvers in 3-D: Robotic Surgery," will feature John Seigne, MB.BCh., and Richard Rothstein, M.D. Seigne is an associate professor of surgery in urology, while Rothstein and is a professor of medicine and of surgery.

In the September 29 session, the series turns to issues of reproduction, infertility, and cloning in "The Perfect Copy." The speakers are Paul Manganiello, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Steve Fiering, Ph.D., an associate professor of genetics, and of microbiology and immunology.

On October 6, Ian Baker, D.Phil., and P. Jack Hoopes, D.V.M., Ph.D., will discuss "Where's Nano: Nanotechnology and Its Future Role in Medicine." Baker is the Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering and the school's senior associate dean for academic affairs. Hoopes is a professor of surgery and of medicine.

During the October 13 session - "Can You See Me Now?" - Brian Pogue, Ph.D., and Petra Lewis, MB.BS., will talk about current and future breast-imaging modalities. Pogue is an adjunct professor of surgery and Professor of Engineering Sciences at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, and dean of graduate studies. Lewis is an associate professor of radiology and of obstetrics and gynecology at DMS, and a member of the lymphoma and comprehensive breast-cancer programs at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

On October 20, Joseph Rosen, M.D., and James Geiling, M.D., will lead a tour entitled "Walk This Way: Robotics in Motion." Rosen is a professor of surgery and of radiology, specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Geiling, an associate professor of medicine, is the chief of medical services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt.

Lionel Lewis will wrap up the series on October 27 with "It's Got Your Name on It: Personalized Medicine - the Genome, the Chip, the Prescription."

Pre-registration is required, through the Center for Continuing Education at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Forms are available online. The $30 fee for the full series covers the cost of materials for all seven sessions. High-school students and teachers are welcome to register, and all participants are encouraged to ask questions in class.


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