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Health Science Center to host second Mini-Medical School (3-17-99)

As a special gift to the South Texas community, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is presenting the Mini-Medical School featuring informative and interesting presentations, including one by a Nobel Prize Laureate. The presentations are free to the public.

The series is offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 30 through April 13, in lecture hall 3.102B next to the Briscoe Library in the Medical School Building. The Health Science Center also is offering this program via video-teleconference to various sites in South Texas.

The theme of this year's Mini-Medical School will be of interest to persons of all ages and backgrounds. "The Beginning and End of Life" covers the wonders and complexities of both human development and the aging process. This enlightening series of talks will explore how the human body is initially created and how it ultimately reacts to the aging process.

Health professionals from all areas of the Health Science Center will participate. Community members will have the opportunity to meet and listen to presentations by representatives from basic research, medicine, nursing, dentistry and the allied health professions.

In addition, a special highlight this year is the presentation by Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D., Brackenridge Visiting Lecturer and Nobel Laureate. His lecture is titled "How Will the Nobel Prize in Medicine Influence Health and Disease in the New Millennium?" Dr. Ignarro received the Nobel Prize for his discovery that nitric oxide acts as an important signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. He is the Jerome J. Belzer, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology at the UCLA School of Medicine.

A science background is not required for the Mini-Medical School. Although the Mini-Medical School is open to anyone in the community, high school and college students and their families may find the program particularly helpful if the students are considering careers in the health professions. Retirees also have found the program to be interesting and educational.

Registration is required due to limited seating capacity. Enrollment is on a first-come basis. For more information or to register, please call (210) 567-1925 or send e-mail to <>.

Mini-Medical School schedule:
Tuesday, March 30
"The Beginning of Life and Its Challenges"

Tuesday, April 6
"How the Body Changes at the End of Life"

Tuesday, April 13
"The Brackenridge Lecture: An Evening with a Nobel Laureate"

Contact: Catherine Duncan