January 23, 2004

Good Morning:

I am pleased to announce that our next Presidential Symposium will be held on January 28. The Presidential Symposium series was established in 2001 to showcase areas of excellence among our faculty and to explore, with the community at large, topics of critical importance and interest. Topics examined in this series have included urban issues, the brain, bioterrorism and athletics reform.

At our last Presidential Symposium scholars explored the South's rich heritage of music, literature and art. At this year's symposium four of the nation's top researchers will examine another legacy of our region at the public forum "Silent Killers: High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease."

I urge each of you to attend this important public forum Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center. Together we can find out what is being done to prevent and treat these ailments that are so closely linked to cardiovascular disease, the nation's number one killer. The symposium's panelists will also offer a scientific presentation of their research for the medical community at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 in the Medical School Auditorium.

The symposium speakers are: Robert J. Alpern of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Josephine Briggs of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Jean Marc Lalouel of the University of Utah and Teri Manolio of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. To learn more about these distinguished speakers visit

Let's get together at this year's symposium for a healthier 2004.

Have a great weekend,


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