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SUBJECT: Discovery days in health sciences taking place at Memorial University
DATE: May 14, 2012

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame TD Discovery Days in Health Sciences takes place Wednesday, May 16, at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University. A total of 124 students and teachers from 20 high schools in the province will attend this annual event.
The day starts off at 9:15 a.m. with a keynote address by Dr. Proton Rahman, associate dean for clinical research and a staff rheumatologist at Eastern Health. His talk is titled Investigating Genetics of Complex Diseases: A World of Opportunity for Young Investigators.
Students will participate in a variety of hands-on workshops. In the School of Pharmacy, the high school students will have the opportunity to compound and dispense a lip balm. A workshop on microorganisms in human disease offers an introduction to bacteria, parasites and fungi that cause human disease. In a workshop on the body, students will be able to see all the bones and most of the organs of the human body and talk about how they work.
Other workshops involve using an electron microscope, treating the virtual patient through computer technology and interacting with a computer-driven patient simulator. Students can try out techniques used daily in a histology pathology laboratory, or find out what really goes on inside the Health Sciences Centre Library. There are also workshops on working with DNA and how organ donation is managed in Newfoundland and Labrador. There will also be a workshop in which students will have an opportunity to experience life as a respiratory therapist, helping patients with breathing difficulties.
 The event wraps up with a panel discussion titled Health Pros Tell All from 2:45-3:30 p.m.

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