November 17, 2006

Timely issues on tap at Stahlman symposium

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Timely issues on tap at Stahlman symposium

Combating AIDS in Mozambique, the “COX-2 conundrum” and the ethics of fetal surgery will be discussed Nov. 21 during the second annual Stahlman Chairs symposium at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The symposium celebrates one of the Medical Center's most prominent donors, the late James G. Stahlman, whose legacy includes 10 endowed chairs.

Two current chair holders will participate in the symposium, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

Lawrence Marnett, Ph.D., the Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research, will introduce Carol Rouzer, M.D., Ph.D., research professor of Biochemistry, who will discuss whether glycerylprostaglandins provide an answer to the “COX-2 conundrum.”

Larry Churchill, Ph.D., the Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics, will introduce Mark Bliton, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine, whose talk is entitled “Ethics and Hope: In Utero Surgical Repair for Fetal Spina Bifida.”

Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health, will introduce Alfredo Vergara, Ph.D., assistant professor of Preventive Medicine, who will describe a Vanderbilt-led effort to extend antiretroviral therapy and HIV care in Mozambique.

The symposium also will feature remarks by Stahlman's daughter, Mildred Stahlman, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and Pathology; Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs; and Steven Gabbe, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine.