March 25, 2005

Gabbe presides over annual gynecology society meeting

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Neil Boothby, professor of Clinical Population and Family Health and director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, spoke twice during the annual World Health Week. His lecture Tuesday at the School of Medicine was titled "After the Flood: The Pyschological Consequences of the Tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia."
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Gabbe presides over annual gynecology society meeting

Steven G. Gabbe, M.D., dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, presided over the 52nd annual meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation this week. The international event was held in Los Angeles and was attended by more than 1,000 medical professionals in the field.

“The theme for this year was mentoring young scientists and strengthening international collaboration in reproductive health research,” Gabbe said. “Many of the discussions and workshops dealt with new opportunities created by the NIH Roadmap for medical research.”

Gabbe made several presentations throughout the event, including his presidential address. The address traditionally focuses on women and culture, and Gabbe represented Nashville well when he shared his talk “The Women of our Country” with the group. Using videos and music, Gabbe demonstrated how the women of country music have been more outspoken on women's issues than any other genre of music.

The meeting also had a Hollywood flair, with a “genetics and a movie” event. Looking at the film Gattaca, several panelists, including Gabbe's son, Daniel Gabbe, who works in the industry, discussed the ethical issues the movie introduces.

Other Vanderbilt faculty participating in the annual meeting included: Stanley Cohen, M.D., distinguished professor of Biochemistry, Emeritus, who gave the President's Distinguished Lecture on his Nobel Prize winning studies of Epidermal Growth Factor; Sergio Fazio, M.D., professor of Medicine and Pathology, who led a mini-symposium on the metabolic syndrome; and Jay Clayton, Ph.D., William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and chair of the Department, who moderated the “genetics and a movie event.”