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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media Contacts:
John M. Lazarou; 410-502-8902; 
Jayme Wood; 410-986-1311;
November 8, 2004


Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., an international authority and researcher on mood disorders, author of the new book Exuberance:  The Passion for Life and the New York Times best-seller “An Unquiet Mind:  A Memoir of Moods and Madness” (1995), will give the keynote address to kick off Johns Hopkins Medicine’s 10 annual symposium on women’s health and medical issues.  This year’s A Woman’s Journey will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St.  Nearly 1,000 attendees from more than a dozen states are expected to attend.

Jamison, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and one of TIME Magazine’s “Heroes of Medicine,” says the focus of her presentation will explore how “passion for life” is vital to women’s imagination and social ties.  “Despite its importance, women are often encouraged to rein in their exuberance as they grow older because it is viewed as unfeminine,” she notes.  “I will suggest ways to help women appreciate the advantages of the joys of living an exuberant life.”

Also featured as this year’s lunch speaker is Azar Nafisi, Ph.D., a professorial lecturer at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and author of the current New York Times best-seller Reading Lolita In Tehran.  The book, a memoir of the author's life in Iran from the late 70s to the late 90s, describes a group of women students who met secretly at Nafisi’s house to read Western literature during the reign of Ayatollah Khomeni and the rise of fundamental Islam.  Jane Austin, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald and other writers were the women’s escape from a government that treated them as meaningless and, at times, evil beings, Nafisi says.

Following Jamison’s address, Hopkins faculty will present 32 different seminars covering new treatments and advice.  Session topics include:

• Women and heart disease:  Unique symptoms, prevention strategies and new treatments
• Improving your memory:  Practical ways to boost and strengthen your memory
• Stroke:  Treatment options and prevention strategies
• Gynecological cancers:  Latest treatments for uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers
• Female sexual dysfunction:  Latest research and innovative medications
• Sudden cardiac death:  What are causes and treatments
• Lung cancer:  Risk factors, prevention and early detection
• Extreme makeovers:  What are the medical realities of aesthetic procedures
• Food-borne infections:  Ways to prevent and treat mad cow disease, “cruise ship diarrhea” and other food-related illnesses.
• Power foods:  How nutrients commonly found in some foods can help prevent diseases and boost energy
• Arthritis:  Current research and new promising treatments
• The skinny on weight loss:  Effective ways for losing weight and maintaining the loss
• Mood changes as we age:  Coping strategies for various aspects of aging that affect mood and sometimes depression
• Healthy skin:  Nonsurgical options for the rejuvenation of aging skin

Tickets to the conference cost $70 per person or $45 per student.  Organizations that send 10 or more of members receive a 10 percent discount if reservations are made through the organization.  Although the conference is targeted to consumers, social workers, personal trainers, nurses and other health care professionals are eligible to receive continuing education credit for attending.  To reserve a place or for more information about group discounts or continuing education credits, call 410-955-8660 or send an e-mail to  Registration can also be completed via the conference Web-site: 

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Speakers are available for press interviews with the media in advance as well as during or after the event.  FOR MEDIA ONLY:  To interview one of the speakers, or to attend the event, contact John M. Lazarou at 410-502-8902 or