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Cartoon: Bridging the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases


Demystifying Medicine 2011

Final Examination

11 Sleep: mechanisms, disorders and circadian rhythm David Dinges (U Penn)
Michael Menaker (UVA, Charlottesville)
18 Helicobacter phylori: the organism, peptic ulcers and cancer Steven Czinn (U Maryland)
Scott Merrell (USUHS)
25 Staphylococcus: why and how does it still kill? Frank DeLeo (NIAID)
Alexandra Freeman (NIAID)
1 Estrogens: mood and postpartum depression Peter Schmidt (NIMH)
Alan DeCherney (NICHD)
8 Malaria: Struggles to understand a major killer Patrick Duffy (NIAID)
Gray Heppner (US Army, WRAIR)
15 VZV: a case of shingles Adriana Marques (NIAID)
Jeffrey Cohen (NIAID)
22 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Is there a virus? Shyh-Ching Lo (FDA)
Fred Gill (CC)
Harvey Alter (CC)
1 Multiple scleroisis: an autoimmune dilemma Bibi Bielekova (NINDS)
Joan Ohayon (NINDS)
8 Inflammation: mechanisms and diseases John I. Gallin (CC)
Douglas B. Kuhns (CC)
15 Diabetes: mechanisms and fatty liver Rebecca Brown (NIDDK)
Yaron Rotman (NIDDK)
22 HIV/AIDS: Ongoing epidemic and new treatments Cliff Lane (NIAID)
John Coffin (NCI)
29 CANCELED: Hypersocial, hyperverbal kids (Williams Disease) in the genomic era Karen Berman (NIMH)
5 Cardiovascular disease in the eras of imaging and stem cells Bob Balaban (NHLBI)
Manfred Boehm (NHLBI)
12 Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Mechanisms and Stem Cells Snorri Thorgeirsson (NCI)
Win Arias (NICHD)
19 Prostate Cancer: Challenge in mechanism and treatment

James Gulley (NCI)
Kathleen Kelly (NCI)
Paul Hynes (NCI)

26 Cushing's syndrome: adrenocortical hormone regulation and function Lynnette Nieman (NICHD)
Gordon Hager (NCI)
3 Hearing: Mechanisms and loss John Niparko (Johns Hopkins)
Thomas Friedman (NIDCD)
James Battey (NIDCD)
10 Alzheimer's Disease: where do things stand? Mark Mattson (NIA)
Laurie Ryan (NIA)
17 Finale To Be Named


2011 Course Materials
2011 Speaker Profiles
2011 Topic Introductions


THE COURSE: The course includes presentation of patients, pathology, diagnosis and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research.  Primarily directed toward Ph.D. students, fellows, and staff, it is also of interest to medical students and clinicians.  The course is designed to help bridge the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases.  Each session includes clinical and basic science components which are presented by NIH staff and outside invitees.

SIGN UP: Those seeking academic credit may register with FAES. Those not seeking academic credit should register through the course e-mail list. To subscribe to this e-mail list, send an e-mail message to this address: Substituting your name for Jan Doe's, the body of your message should say:  Subscribe DeMystifyingMed Jan Doe. Alternatively, you may sign up for Demystifying Medicine through the NIH LISTSERV web site.

COURSE INFORMATION: The course will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the ground floor auditorium of Building 50 on the NIH Campus. Recommended reading, presentation notes, as well as room changes and other information for the course will be distributed through this web site and the class e-mail list. Shorter materials distributed through the e-mail LISTSERV are available through the list archives. Longer items, papers, powerpoints, etc., that cannot be sent via the e-mail list are available through the Course Materials page. See the Topic Introductions page for my brief overview of the lecture subjects. See the Speaker Profiles page for background on the presenters. Explore archived course materials.

Registrants who attend more than 60% of the sessions and pass a computerized final exam will receive a certificate.

Lectures are presented live via online streaming video, and recorded videos are available for viewing online within a few days after the live event. Both the live sessions and the recorded sessions can be found on the NIH Videocasting Web site. The lectures can be viewed online as streaming video using "Real Player," which is available as a free download from the Videocasting Web site.

Please contact Win Arias at  for further information.


This web page was last modified on May 17, 2011. For questions about the course, please contact