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For Immediate Release (00-61)
Date: October 17, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (Pager: 301-930-2880)

Montgomery College to Offer Behind-the-Scenes Look at National Institutes of Health

Montgomery College’s Office of Continuing Education will offer an in-depth, focused learning opportunity on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), October 30-31.

NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers and a focal point for medical research in the U.S., yet most Montgomery County residents are not familiar with the workings of this national treasure and neighbor, located right in their backyard.

The two-day course will introduce participants to the inner workings of NIH, and address some of today’s most pressing health issues — cancer, human genome research, ophthalmology, and vascular health — in plain English.

Presenters include Dr. Victoria Harden, NIH historian, who will provide a lively history of NIH from its beginnings in 1887 right up to the present. Other presenters include Dr. David Robinson, Vascular Research Program, National Institute for Heart, Lungs and Blood; Dr. Jane Peterson, National Human Genome Research Project; Dr. Emily Chew, National Eye Institute; and program directors from the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging. A guided tour of the National Library of Medicine is also included.

The course will be held Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Natcher Center, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Tuition and fees for Montgomery County residents is $90; out-of-state residents pay an additional $20. Lunch is included both days. Registration deadline is Thursday, October 26. For more information or to register, call 301-601-6938 or 240-567-7809.

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