April 13, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 15


Of Note


Mini-Medical School: Second two sessions concentrate on alcohol addiction, treatments

Check presentation Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, president, (center) accepts a $10,000 contribution from Pfizer for the 2001 Mini-Medical School. Pfizer is represented by (from left) M. Chad Mauldin, Anne Ramsey, Roy Martinez and Danna R. Dunn.

Few people can honestly say their lives have not been adversely affected by alcoholism. Lives are torn apart as a parent, a spouse or a child fights alcohol addiction. Why does one person become addicted to alcohol while others never have a problem with it? Researchers at the Health Science Center are searching for answers to these complicated questions in their quest for better treatments.

One of the nation's top researchers on alcohol and drug addiction is UTHSC's Dr. Bankole Johnson, Wurzbach Distinguished Professor in the department of psychiatry, deputy chairman for research and chief of the division of alcohol and drug addiction. Dr. Johnson will speak about his and his colleagues' breakthroughs at an upcoming session of the Mini-Medical School, which is being presented by the Health Science Center as a gift to the community. Sessions on April 17 and 24 will focus on alcohol addiction and treatments.

Dr. Johnson, who will speak April 24, said the Mini-Medical School is a wonderful means "to inform and teach about the excellence of our medical school and its opportunities in the future."

Portrait of Dr. Johnson Dr. JOHNSON

The fourth annual event is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. April 17 and 24 in Lecture Hall 3.102B. The Mini-Medical School is free and open to the public. The program is supported in part by an educational grant from Pfizer.

The April 17 session will cover "Alcohol: The Body's Ancient Nemesis." Dr. Margaret Brackley, associate professor of chronic nursing, and Dr. Joe E. Thornton, assistant professor of psychiatry, will discuss "The Alcoholic Patient in Society." Dr. Robert Lee Reddick, professor of pathology and the Frank Townsend, M.D., Chair, will speak on "Alcohol and the Body: Clinical and Organ Pathology."

The April 24 session also will include a presentation by Dr. John D. Roache, associate professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, who will discuss "The Biobehavioral Basis of Addiction."

Registration is required. Sign up at http://minimedschool01.uthscsa.edu/. For more information or to register, call ext. 7-1925 or send an e-mail to ramonj@uthscsa.edu.