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Johns Hopkins, NIH Docs to Teach Osher Course

This spring, Osher and Suburban Hospital are kicking off a new course geared toward educating seniors about hot topics in medicine and medical research.

The course, “Medicine: Advances in Health Research and Treatment,” starts March 31 and runs for six weeks. It will be offered to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus. Osher offers courses to retired and semi-retired individuals; approximately 700 people are enrolled in Osher at the Montgomery County Campus.

Students in the new class will hear from leading experts in their field and learn the latest in cutting-edge medicine on topics relevant to active seniors. Physicians from Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health will discuss aspects of medicine including hearing loss, diabetes, heart disease, joint replacement surgery, behavioral medicine and vision loss.

Osher’s curriculum committee was interested in having a course developed that focused on medicine because Johns Hopkins has a strong commitment to medicine and health care, said Mary Kay Shartle Galotto, director, Osher at JHU. But the committee members didn’t want the course to focus on the basics of wellness, such as disease management or healthful eating.

“They wanted it more from a research perspective,” Shartle Galotto said.

Each doctor will lead one day’s session. The line-up features:

  • Dr. Neal Adams, a retinal specialist, who will explain vision diseases and conditions such as how macular degeneration affecting the senior population can be successfully treated with the latest advances in ophthalmology.
  • Dr. Wade Chien, an otolaryngologist, who will discuss the factors that contribute to hearing loss and advancements to help reverse its effect.
  • Dr. Ted George, psychiatrist and author of Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave the Way We Do, who will delve deep into human behavior and uncover how our perplexing actions are expressed and translated in every day society from a neurological standpoint.
  • Dr. Keith Horvath, who will explain his latest research developments in the field of cardiothoracic surgery and provide an in-depth look at the current advances in cardiovascular and valve replacement surgery. Horvath is director of cardiothoracic surgery research at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Suburban Hospital, where he leads the National Institutes of Health Heart Center.
  • Dr. Monica C. Skarulis, who will describe developments in how we control diabetes and research underway to help broaden our knowledge and understanding of diabetes.
  • Dr. Daniel Valaik, an orthopedic surgeon, who will highlight the range of issues affecting joints such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and sports-related injuries and how advances in research are paving the way in joint replacement surgery.

“It’s a very fine list, it has a lot of variety,” Shartle Galotto said. “It hits things that will be of most interest to this population.”

Shartle Galotto said she hopes Osher members become more optimistic about healthy aging as a result of taking this course.

Registration will be available through the Osher catalog. The course was organized by the Community Health and Wellness department at Suburban Hospital. Community Health and Wellness coordinates wellness classes, seminars, health screenings and other events throughout the region.

“This is an extension of what we do, bringing the physicians of Suburban Hospital and Johns Hopkins to Osher,” said Eleni Antzoulatos, a coordinator at Community Health and Wellness. “I hope the Osher members learn about the research behind some of these health issues and ultimately, how they can better take care of themselves.”

CATEGORY: Academics, In The Community