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Drexel University College of Medicine to Host Sex and Gender Research Forum

December 27, 2007

Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership will host the annual Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin M.D. Sex and Gender Research Forum on January 10, 2008. The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bossone Research Enterprise Center on Drexel’s University City Main Campus located at 32nd and Market Streets. It is free and open to the public.

The forum will address research in women’s health, with special emphasis given to the specific vulnerability of women to alcohol and drug-related problems. Guest speakers include Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemott, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Emmanuel S. Onaivi, William Paterson University; and Dr. Dace Svikis, Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Substance abuse can be a profound contributor to depression and other ailments for women,” said forum host Lynn Yeakel, Director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership. “The need for expanded knowledge and research on this issue is critical.”

The forum will also include panel discussions on the current status of women’s health research, as well as gender and ethnic diversity in academic research. A detailed program agenda is available at www.drexelmed.edu/iwhl.

Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information and to register call 215-255-7373 or visit iwhl@drexelmed.edu.

About Drexel University College of Medicine Drexel University College of Medicine has established some of the most highly innovative and rigorous academic programs available today, incorporating the University’s expertise in engineering and technology into traditional medical training. The Drexel University College of Medicine has participated in pioneering clinical trials involving the world’s first implantable artificial heart, established one of the largest regional centers for spinal cord research, developed the largest HIV/AIDS primary care practice in the region, with extensive NIH-funded research in HIV/AIDS prevention, and created one of the largest centers for malaria study in the nation. Drexel University College of Medicine has been designated one of 21 Vanguard National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and is highly respected in numerous other specialties including neuroscience, virology, immunology and toxicology. Visit www.drexelmed.edu for more information.

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On Site Contact: Maureen McVail, Drexel University College of Medicine 215-255-7381 or 610-764-5545 (cell)

News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu

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