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Osher Teams Up With Hopkins Medicine on Lecture Series

Prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, stroke research and dementia will be the topics explored in an upcoming Osher course taught by leading experts in their fields: physicians from Johns Hopkins Medicine, including Suburban Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health.

The course, “Medicine: Advances in Health Research and Treatment,” starts April 5 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.

The course first was offered last year, when Osher’s curriculum committee was interested in having a course developed that focused on cutting-edge medicine topics relevant to active seniors. The instructors focus on health research topics rather than disease management.

"This Suburban Hospital series has been an outstanding learning experience for MCC Osher members,” said MaryKay Shartle Galotto, director of Osher at Johns Hopkins. “Not only are they finding out more about the most common health concerns of older adults, they are learning about advances in diagnosis and treatment from outstanding physicians and researchers."

“We are happy to once again be able to bring physicians from Suburban, Johns Hopkins and National Institutes of Health to Osher members,” said Eleni Antzoulatos, program coordinator at the Community Health and Wellness Department at Suburban Hospital. “We hope that members learn about the research behind health issues affecting people today.”

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

  • Dr. Channing Paller, an assistant professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Paller will describe the latest therapeutics in prostate and other solid tumors.
  • Dr. Liana Rosenthal, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Rosenthal will discuss her research on identifying biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease and related cognitive impairment.
  • Dr. Ranganath Muniyappa, a clinician for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Muniyappa will talk about the connection between heart disease and metabolic conditions.
  • Dr. Alexis Simpkins, a fellow with the National Institute of Health Stroke Center at Suburban Hospital and a clinician with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dr. Simpkins will discuss current stroke-related research.
  • Dr. Greg Kumkumian, medical director in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Suburban Hospital. Dr. Kumkumian will discuss interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular diseases.
  • Dr. Majid Fotuhi, a faculty member in neurology at Harvard Medical School and a neurology consultant at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Fotuhi will discuss how to prevent dementia.

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.

CATEGORY: Academics, Research, In The Community