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New Orleans, LA – Nearly 600 alumni of the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine and their spouses will be participating in Alumni Weekend activities June 12-13, 2009. In addition to Louisiana, states represented include North Dakota, Missouri, Georgia, California, North Carolina, Minnesota, Colorado, Maine, and Washington. A highlight of the weekend will be the Scientific Session which will take place Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Hilton, #2 Poydras Street, Napoleon Ballroom, 3rd floor.

Presentations include an update on the LSUHSC Rural Scholars Track Program from director Dr. Kim Edward LeBlanc. Named the 2008 Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year by the Louisiana Rural Health Association, the LSUHSC Rural Scholars Track Program is one of the most successful programs of its kind nationally. Three Md/PhD students will make presentations on their research. Jeffrey White, who was awarded the Langman Award by the American Association of Anatomists for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the Experimental Biology Meeting, will present research data on how the frog can help us to understand, diagnose and treat kidney disease. 

David Stark, who is the only new recipient of an F30 grant in Louisiana this year from the National Institutes of Health, will present progress on his research at the LSUHSC Neuroscience Center of Excellence in the laboratories of Dr. Nicolas Bazan. The goal of his project is to determine how specific molecules derived from the omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), can protect the brain under conditions of stress associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Following two years of medical school, Jesse Sulzer, who is completing his first year of graduate school, will discuss how acute alcohol intoxication impairs the counterregulatory response to hemorrhage.

Dr. William Cefalu, Professor and Section Chief of the Joint Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans and Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, will present Metabolic Syndrome–Emerging Concepts in Management of Diabetes.

Dr. Paul Azar, Jr. Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, will discuss Ocular Emergencies: The Red Eye as well as Emergency Preparedness: Lessons Learned from Katrina and Rita.

The classes of 1946, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, and 1999 will attend individual class reunions. The class of 1959 – the 50 year class – will be given special recognition and Drs. Kenneth Adatto and Paul Azar will be named Alumni of the Year. Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the LSUHSC New Orleans School of Medicine, will be named Honorary Alumnus of the Year.


LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans educates the majority of Louisiana's health care professionals.  The state's academic health leader, LSUHSC comprises a School of Medicine, the state's only School of Dentistry, Louisiana's only public School of Public Health, Schools of Allied Health Professions and Graduate Studies, as well as the only School of Nursing in Louisiana within an academic health center. LSUHSC faculty take care of patients in public and private hospitals and clinics throughout Louisiana. In the vanguard of biosciences research in a number of areas worldwide, LSUHSC faculty have made lifesaving discoveries and continue to work to prevent, treat, or cure disease. LSUHSC outreach programs span the state.








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