Renowned researchers to speak at meeting

WHAT: “From Bench to Bedside: Converting Concepts to Cures” – The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee Winter Meeting

WHEN: 1:30-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23

WHERE: Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, 8403 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center (Due to construction, all entering traffic will be via Medical Drive; call contact persons for instructions.)

WHO: Three prominent researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will discuss their work and the impact it has had on people’s day-to-day lives. The speakers include Julio C. Palmaz, M.D., inventor of the world’s first stent; Sunil K. Ahuja, M.D., M.Sc., who is helping to demystify HIV and AIDS; and Ian M. Thompson, M.D., who has led groundbreaking studies on prostate cancer.

NOTES: UT Health Science Center President (and incoming UT System Chancellor) Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., will deliver opening remarks. Dr. Ahuja will speak at 1:55 p.m., followed by Dr. Thompson at 2:25 p.m. Then, following tours of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute and table discussions, Dr. Palmaz will speak at 4:15 p.m. Each researcher will be available to speak to media for 10 minutes after his presentation.

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