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Date: Sep 05, 2012

Med School to Host Fall Biomedical & Narrative Rounds Lectures by Prominent Researchers

'Jazz and the Art of Medicine' will include a musical interlude

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine will be hosting a fantastic series of biomedical and Narrative Rounds: Promoting Humanism in Healthcare lectures this fall that are open to the public. The series includes seminars by top scientific researchers from well-respected institutions from across the country, including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Rockefeller University and the Susan and Herman Merinoff Center for Patient-Oriented Research.  All lectures will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s Medical Education Theater.

The series opens on October 2 with a Narrative Rounds: Promoting Humanism in Healthcare lecture, “Jazz and the Art of Medicine: Developing One’s Voice” by Paul Haidet, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Humanities and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Haidet is the Director of Medical Education Research at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. His work on jazz, medicine and improvisation has been the subject of presentations across the United States and was featured by jazz critic Nat Hentoff in the April 2009 issue of JazzTimes magazine. 

On October 25, the School of Medicine will host Fritz Henn, MD, PhD, neurobiologist, psychiatrist and professor at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Dr. Henn’s lecture, “Depression: Pathophysiology and Anatomy-The Pathways to New Treatments ,” will focus on Dr. Henn’s research in psychiatric diseases and how to translate this human disease into an animal model which can be studied in anatomical and molecular detail.

Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD, will be joining the school on November 1 for his lecture on “Fungi, Martians and Dinosaurs-Nihilistic Thoughts on the Origin of the Microbial Virulence.” Dr. Casadevall is a Professor of Microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His laboratory studies two fundamental questions: How do microbes cause disease and how do hosts, such as humans, protect themselves against microbes?
On November 15 the School of Medicine will host Jeffrey Lipton, MD, PhD, Investigator at the Susan and Herman Merinoff Center for Patient-Oriented Research and Chief of Hematology/Oncology at the Cohens Children’s Medical Center of New York. Dr. Lipton, who is also a professor at the medical school, will lecture on his investigations into the biology of Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare autoimmune disorder. Dr. Lipton has dedicated his career to unraveling this genetic and molecular puzzle.

The School of Medicine will be hosting Victoria Luine, PhD, of the Department of Psychology at Hunter College on November 27, for her lecture on “Stress Hormones and Estrogens: The Yin and Yang of Neural Function.” Dr. Luine’s research focuses on the effect of stress, both chronic and long-term, and its relationship to the release of glucocorticoids by the adrenal glands. 

Looking ahead to January 22, 2013, the School of Medicine will present a lecture by Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD, the senior attending physician and Professor at St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases at the Rockefeller University. Dr. Casanova will lecture on “Toward a Genetic Theory of Infectious Diseases.”