Invitation to cover Johns Hopkins’ 11th annual “A Woman’s Journey” symposium slated for Nov. 12.

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October 19, 2005

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Invitation to cover Johns Hopkins’ 11th annual “A Woman’s Journey” symposium slated for Nov. 12.

Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., former Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine vice dean for academic affairs and the first woman editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association will give the keynote address to kick off Johns Hopkins Medicine’s 11th annual symposium on women’s health and medical issues.  This year’s A Woman’s Journey will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 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.

DeAngelis, a forceful advocate for women in medical leadership, says the focus of her presentation will highlight her role and that of women in medicine.  “Although the success of women in reaching virtual parity in medicine and science has been nothing short of remarkable, there is still much left to accomplish,” she notes.  “I will always try to help women develop the tools and personal contacts needed to advance to faculty leadership positions and meet the challenges that academic medicine faces in the 21st century.”

Also featured as this year’s lunch speaker is Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Pevsner’s talk at the conference, titled “Leonardo da Vinci:  Studies of the Brain and Soul,” will examine da Vinci’s integration of science, technology and art and his discoveries in anatomy and physiology.  Pevsner has collected more than 600 books on da Vinci and has published several articles on da Vinci’s studies of the brain.  An award-winning teacher, Pevsner earned the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Professor’s Award for Distinction in the Basic Sciences for 2002-2003 and Teacher of the Year for 2000-2001.  In his laboratory, he studies the molecular basis of childhood brain disorders such as Down syndrome and lead poisoning.

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

• Alzheimer’s and dementia:  What can be done?
• Women and heart disease:  Unique symptoms, prevention strategies and new treatments
• What you need to know about breast cancer
• Women exercising to stay well:  fitness for improved health
• How healthy is our drinking water:  How long-term exposure to chemicals and toxins in our drinking water may cause health problems later in life
• Making American drugs safer:  Why drugs may be withdrawn from the market even after FDA approval
• Deep Vein Thrombosis:  Risk factors, prevention and treatment
• Benign but not nice – uterine fibroids
• Trust your gut:  Diagnosis and treatment of GI issues
• Highs and lows of thyroid disease
• Living single – contraception for every age

Tickets to the conference cost $85 per person or $75 per student.  Organizations that send 10 or more members receive a 10 percent discount if reservations are made through the organization.  The conference is targeted to consumers, but 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 [email protected].  Registration can also be completed via the conference Web site:


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 [email protected].