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Lectures and Seminars in Medical Humanities-Health Studies
Spring 2014 MHHS Seminar Series
Emergence of AIDS: Transition from SIV to HIV
Featuring: Preston Marx, PhD
Wednesday, March 19, Noon - 1pm
Emerson Hall Auditorium, room 304The sudden emergence of the AIDS pandemic in the 20th century raised questions about AIDS origin (s), including the timing and root causes. Research led to understanding that HIV/AIDS is not one pandemic, but rather a combination of multiple epidemics and failed outbreaks, alongside the well known pandemic. The sources of all HIVs are simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs) on the African continent. The discovery of SIV and the evolution of SIV to HIV will be presented, along with prevailing theories on why AIDS emerged in the 20th century.
Preston A. Marx, Jr. (Ph.D.) is Professor of Tropical Medicine and Chair of the Division of Microbiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center of Tulane University. A virologist with over 40 years of experience in research on non-human primate models of AIDS vaccines and the origins of the AIDS epidemics, Dr. Marx’s research contributions include the discovery of Simian Immunodeficiency Viruses (SIV’s) in sooty mangabeys in West Africa, showing this particular mangabey monkey sub-species as the source of HIV-2. Dr. Marx has conducted research projects in Sierra Leone, Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. He recently published research in Science magazine showing that the SIV family of viruses is hundreds of thousands of years older than previously believed.
James Lynch, M.D., College of Medicine
Topic: The Spirit of Medicine
Wednesday, April 2, 12 noon - 1pm
Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium
William H. Schneider, Ph.D., Professor of History, Director of Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program, IUPUI
"The Story of One Life: The Autobiography of Ludwik Hirszfeld, a Doctor in the Warsaw Ghetto"
Tuesday, April 8, 12 noon - 1pm
Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room B14
Dr. Laura Foster, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Affiliate Faculty, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University
Thursday, February 6th, 12 noon - 1pm
University Library, UL 1126
In 1998 researchers isolated and patented certain chemicals within the Hoodia gordonii plant. Hoodia gordonii suddenly emerged as a patented invention poised to be a blockbuster anti-obesity drug. At the same time, the plant became a symbol of South Africa as nation of innovation, and Indigenous San peoples publically accused scientists of stealing their knowledge of the plant. Dr. Foster’s talk will address patent law to ask how both science and law work together to determine who is (or is not) considered an inventor and producer of science.
Diana Winters, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Tuesday, February 18, 12 noon - 1pm
Campus Center Room 309
The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 was passed to regulate the food industry’s use of information linking diet to disease prevention, and to allow consumers to make choices about food based on accurate and complete information. The Act, which amended the FDCA, requires standard nutrition labeling for most food products under FDA’s authority, prescribes requirements for ingredient labeling on all packages, establishes standard "serving sizes," and regulates nutrient content claims and health claims. The Act, however, has failed in its goals. The information available to consumers, even when presented in a manner compliant with the NLEA, is confusing and opaque. The provisions of the NLEA regulating health and nutrient claims should be repealed because their costs outweigh their benefits.
Domenico Bertoloni-Meli, Ph.D., Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University
Wednesday, February 19, 12 noon - 1pm
Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room: MS 311 A/B (***Changed to MS 311 A/B as of Feb. 14th)
"Visualizing Disease" explores pathological illustrations from the 16th century to the first half of the 19th century, in the period from the first representations of remarkable cases to the first comprehensive treatises with color images of diseases affecting the entire human body. The talk will illustrate and discuss the lesions found in the dissected bodies of dead patients at postmortems, and skin diseases on live patients, which played an important role in the history of pathological illustrations more generally.
Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D., Livestrong Foundation Professor of Oncology, IU School of Medicine
Thursday, February 27th, 12 noon - 1pm
Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room B26
Testicular Cancer is a rare disease, accounting for only 1% of all male malignancies, but it is the most common cancer in young men ages 15-35. This lecture will describe our clinical trials that resulted in improving the cure rate for metastatic testicular cancer from 5% to 80%.
For seminars held in the IUPUI Campus Center: park in the Vermont Street parking garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., next to the IUPUI Campus Center.
For seminars held in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building: park in the University Hospital parking garage, 600 University Blvd., and walk west on Walnut Street to reach the Medical Science building.
For seminars held in the Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium: park in the Riley Outpatient parking garage, 575 West Dr.
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