Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Research symposia carded for Ross University in Dominica

Ross University School of Medicine will sponsor two research symposia to take place on May 22 and 23. The symposium on Friday, May 22 will focus on the activities of the Atlantis Mobile Laboratory that will be in Dominica for the next six months.

Currently, The Atlantis Mobile Laboratory is located on the campus of Ross University School of Medicine in the Portsmouth area. This mobile laboratory offers state-of-the art methodologies directed to environmental chemical contaminants, as well as identification of infectious diseases.

Physicians and health-care workers are encouraged to visit the Atlantis Mobile Laboratory to view some of the current approaches that address the challenges facing public health officials in developing countries. Three scientists from the Atlantis Mobile Laboratory will present talks on Friday that provide an overview of the capabilities of the special laboratory.

The topic of the symposium on Saturday, May 23 is obesity. Three internationally recognized experts will present talks that address basic and clinical research underway to investigate the causes and possible solutions to the ever-expanding obesity problem.

The increased incidence of obesity and associated medical problems such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension has gathered much attention in developed countries in Western Europe and the United States.

With the recent conduct of a survey in Dominica that assessed the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, it has become apparent that Dominica may be on the verge of becoming a part of the obesity epidemic.

Scientific talks will be presented at Classroom 4 on the Ross University School of Medicine campus on both Friday and Saturday from 8AM to 12 noon. Individuals interested in either symposium topic are encouraged to attend. Dr. Marc Bergeron (767 255 6456 and David Averill (767 255 6330) may be contacted for further information on the Atlantis Mobile Laboratory and the obesity symposium, respectively.

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