Three leading health experts from across the Southeast will help usher in the 2009-2010 University of Southern Mississippi College of Health Scholar Series sponsored by Hattiesburg Clinic.
The six-part series kicks off Thursday, Nov. 19 from 2:30-4 p.m. in Room 210 of the Thad Cochran Center with a presentation by Dr. Thomas E. Dobbs, health officer with the Mississippi State Department of Health. Dobbs will discuss pandemic influenza and the H1N1 virus.
“We are fortunate to have the support of Hattiesburg Clinic for sponsoring our speakers,” said Dr. Denise Brown, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at Southern Miss. “The university and community will benefit from the information and experience provided by these experts in the various health disciplines.”
Dr. Dobbs’ presentation is especially relevant given the widespread outbreak of the H1N1 virus (swine flu). As of Nov. 5, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed 1,237 cases of H1N1 influenza, including 10 deaths.
The series continues Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the same time and location with a presentation by Dr. John Bolland, professor and endowed research chair in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Alabama. His speech is titled “Conducting Longitudinal Research on Underclass Adolescents: Prospects and Challenges.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, also at the same time and location, Dr. James Kaput will deliver his presentation, “Improving Personal and Public Health: Community Based Participatory Nutrigenomics Research.” Kaput is director, Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine, FDA/National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Ark.
Additional speakers and dates will be announced at a later time. All sessions are open to the general public free of charge. For more information call 601-266-5253 or visit www.usm.edu/coh/
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