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Medical College Launches Science Café Featuring Speaker Howard J. Jacob

Oct. 25, 2007

The Medical College of Wisconsin's Center for Health, Science and Society will host its first Science Café on Tuesday, Nov 13, at Mo's Irish Pub on the northwest corner of Hwy. 100 and Bluemound Road. The free event, which is open to the public, will feature Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D., Warren P. Knowles Professor of Human Genetics, Professor of Physiology and Pediatrics and Director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center.

Dr. Jacobs will give a 20-minute presentation, Genetics and Medicine: Opening the Door to Your Disease. This will be followed by a short break, and then 45 minutes for questions. The sequencing of the human genome is helping physicians tailor their treatment more effectively to individuals by providing a better understanding of disease differences at the molecular or genetic level. Through this powerful new capability, called personalized medicine, physicians will focus on respecting patient privacy, revamped medical methods, and new regulatory approaches.

This is the first Science Café in the Milwaukee area, and they are tentatively scheduled to be held every other month. All Cafés organized by the College will focus on medical and health-related issues, and none will require a science background.

The Science Café movement started in a pub in the UK in 1998. Since then, cafés have sprung up all over the globe, including at least 50 in the United States. The purpose of the Café is to bring an expert in a given scientific field into a casual atmosphere where he or she can than interact with an inquisitive public. Audience members are encouraged to ask any questions they like.

The event is funded by Research for a Healthier Tomorrow, a component of Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin. This public and community health initiative was created through funds awarded to the Medical College as a result of Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin's conversion to a publicly-traded company.

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