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SUBJECT: Sundays at the Fluvarium research series kicks off this weekend
DATE: Jan. 12, 2006

Looking for something to do on a wintry Sunday afternoon? For the next four Sundays you can visit the Fluvarium on Nagle’s Hill Roadfrom 2:30to 4 p.m. for a free afternoon of public talks and discussion on health research at Memorial University.

The series will be opened on Jan. 15 by Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial. He will discuss the contribution of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to the research enterprise at Memorial. Since it was founded in 2000, the CIHR has approved more than $69 million in funding for health research at Memorial.

The presentations on Jan. 15 are on new approaches to treating stroke and the relationship of kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.

Stroke is a devastating disorder that strikes more than 45,000 Canadians each year. While most patients survive stroke, many are left with lifelong disabilities. Dr. Dale Corbett, Canada Research Professor of Stroke and Neuroplasticity at Memorial, will illustrate findings from basic research that encourage the brain to reorganize itself after experimental stroke in order to restore lost brain function.

The second presentation on Jan. 15 will address the growing problem of advanced kidney disease and how it is linked to cardiovascular disease. The speaker is Dr. Brendan Barrett, professor of Medicine at Memorial, provincial medical director of the Kidney Program and a nephrologist with Eastern Health. He is the principal investigator of a national pilot study on moderately advanced kidney disease and its associated heart and blood vessel problems.

For further information on this series, visit www.med.mun.ca/healthresearch/.

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