April 11, 1997

Briefs 4.11.97

The Vanderbilt Cancer Center and WTVF-NewsChannel 5 are teaming up to encourage more women in the region to do regular self breast examinations.

Called "Buddy Check," the year-long public awareness campaign kicks off this month on NewsChannel 5. In the campaign, women are encouraged to select a "buddy" — a friend, sister, or other woman they care about — to remind and motivate each other to do regular self breast exams.

To participate, women can write to NewsChannel 5 at 474 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, 37219. They will receive a packet of information about breast cancer and self breast examination, including reminder stickers for their calendars.

The campaign spots are hosted by Amy Marsalis, a co-anchor and medical reporter for NewsChannel 5. The spots feature medical information from Dr. Daniel Beauchamp, associate professor of Surgery and Cell Biology.

Two VUMC researchers will present lectures at the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Genetic Testing for Cystic Fibrosis on April 14-16, 1997.

The conference will brinbg together research investigators, health care providers, and other experts to present and discuss the latest data on Cystic Fibrosis.

Dr. Preston W. Campbell III, associate professor of Pediatrics, will present a lecture regading the current therapies for Cystic Fibrosis and Dr. John A. Phillips III, David T. Karzon professor of Pediatrics, will present a lecture entitled "Efficacy of Education for, and Interest in, Population Based Cistic Fibrosis Carrier Screening."