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Medical School to offer four lectures for the layperson
Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
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Robbins, Carle Public Relations
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Area residents
can enhance their knowledge of medicine and science by attending the
Community Medical School, a new program of the University of Illinois
College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.
The free, four-evening course
begins March 20 at the Carle Forum, located one block north of Carle
Foundation Hospital, 611 W. Park St., Urbana, and continues each Tuesday
through April 10.
Medical experts will conduct
"We hope that the Community
Medical School will help strengthen the science literacy of the community
and create an understanding of science in present-day society," said
Dr. Bradford S. Schwartz, regional dean of the UI College of Medicine
"We want to improve the health
of the community and enhance the awareness of what the medical community
has to offer."
Participants will be able
to park free and receive free class materials. The Carle Development
Foundation and Pfizer Inc. are funding the program. Each session will
feature lectures and demonstrations, beginning with basic scientific
principles and advancing to material more clinical in nature.
The weekly topics:
March 20, 6:30-9 p.m. --
"It's Got a Good Beat, But Can You Dance to It?" Dr. Abraham Kocheril,
a cardiologist with the Carle Heart Center, will discuss the human heart,
including the benefits of wine. An optional social hour with wine tasting
and music will follow.
March 27, 7-9 p.m. -- "Food
or Pharmacy?" Dr. Terry Hatch, a pediatrician with the Carle Clinic
Association, and a panel of experts tackle the nuances of nutrition
-- including the food pyramid, fad diets, nutraceuticals and herbal
supplements. Following the program, a sampling of nutraceuticals and
healthy snacks will be offered.
April 3, 7-9 p.m. -- "When
Good Cells Go Bad." Schwartz, a physician and also a professor of biochemistry
and medicine at the UI, will discuss cancer on a cellular level and
provide an overview of current treatments and promising therapies of
the future. An array of antioxidant-rich refreshments will be served
at a reception after the session.
April 10, 7-9 p.m. -- "The
Robot Will See You Now." New technologies looming on the horizon of
medicine, including robotic surgery, virtual reality and nanotechnology,
will be discussed by Dr. Rick Satava, a professor of surgery at the
Yale University School of Medicine.
Space is limited. Call (217)
383-6087 to enroll or to get additional information.