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DATE: May 7, 2004

Latest research on medication errors, SARS and mental aspects of physical health to be presented at May 21 symposium to be held at UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Research on medication errors, SARS and how the mind affects physical well-being will be presented at a daylong conference at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on May 21.

Titled "Frontiers in Research: Spanning the Research Divide for Healthcare Professionals," the conference will feature presentations by national and international scholars as well as original and applied research from medical schools, teaching hospitals and universities in the Detroit area.

The conference, which will be held at the Social Sciences Building on the Dearborn campus, will begin at 8 a.m. with a plenary session on "The Crisis in Health Care: A Conversation with Community Leaders." All sessions will be held in the Social Sciences Building on the UM-Dearborn campus, and the conference is open to all health professionals with an interest in health-care issues and research, as well as the public.

"The conference is especially relevant for faculty researchers, both clinical and behavioral, as well as research administrators, nurse researchers, medical residents, graduate students, pre-med students and those interested in health and health-care research," according to Richard Straub, professor of behavioral sciences at UM-Dearborn and an organizer of the conference. Straub is the author of a standard textbook on health psychology.

Topics to be covered include "SARS: What We Have Learned," presented by Andrew Simor, professor of medicine at the University of Toronto; several presentations on medication errors from the perspective of hospital physicians, pharmacy directors and other researchers; and talks on the psychological, biological and anthropological aspects of the placebo effect.

The conference is sponsored by the OHEP Center for Medical Education, in collaboration with the University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of Behavioral Sciences. The day will include the presentation of the 27th annual OHEP Meadow Brook Lecture, "showcasing a major clinical researcher with scholarship that is particularly cutting-edge and thought-provoking."

Continuing medical education credits are available to those attending the conference.
To register for the conference or for more information, call the UM-Dearborn Department of Behavioral Sciences at (313) 593-5520 or the OHEP Center for Medical Education at (248) 354-2150.

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