Jack Westfall, MD

By Chris Casey | University Communications

AURORA, Colo. – The community is invited to explore “Frontiers in Medical Science” through a new conversation series being presented on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Scheduled Events

  • May 2, 2012 – Weight Maintenance – Dr. Holly Wyatt
  • May 9, 2012 – Complementary & Alternative Medicine – Dr. Lisa Corbin
  • May 16 – 2012 – Scientific Physical Training – Dr. Iñigo San Millán
  • May 30, 2012 – Cosmetic Dermatology – Dr. Theresa Pacheco

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“Frontiers in Medical Science” is a community engagement series that is a resurgence of a program that occurred on the Anschutz Medical Campus several years ago, said Jack Westfall, MD (photo), executive director of the Colorado Area Health Education Center Program.

“It’s really trying to showcase some of the top innovations in science that are going on here on the Anschutz Medical Campus,” Westfall said.

Health topics that will be discussed by renowned doctors and scientists in the series, which runs through May 30, include breast cancer, stem cell research, diabetes, weight maintenance and cosmetic dermatology. Several sessions are co-sponsored by the new Colorado Center for Health and Wellness and will focus on the topic of healthy living.

“It’s supposed to be a two-way dialogue with the audience,” Westfall said. “What are the top issues of the day, what are we doing about them and what would they like us to do?”

The inaugural series is a combined effort presented by Colorado AHEC, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the Colorado Center for Health and Wellness.

Westfall said the “Frontiers” series will become the third part in the popular free lecture series offered by the CU School of Medicine: Mini Med School Parts 1 and 2. Part one covers the basic science of medical school and part two goes into clinical aspects. The purpose of those programs, like “Frontiers,” is to enlighten people about the human body and taking charge of their own health.

“We’re trying to engage our community in what’s going on on this campus,” Westfall said. “We want them to come onto campus so they’re not intimidated by this place. We want them to learn about some of the exciting science and we want them to comment on it.”

Each “Frontiers” session lasts from 6 to 8 p.m. Conversations from March 14 to April 18, 2012, will take place in Education 2 South, Room L28-1102. Sessions from April 25 to May 30, 2012, will take place in the Hensel Phelps auditoriums in the Research 1 North Building.

Westfall said the “Frontiers in Medical Science” program will take place each spring, complementing the Mini Med School 1 and 2 programs, which take place in the fall and winter, respectively.

To RSVP for the “Cholesterol, Is It All Bad?” program and to see the schedule of talks, click to “Frontiers in Medical Science.”

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