George Comerci Visiting Professorship

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 7:30am to 8:30am

WHAT: George Comerci Visiting Professorship in Adolescent Medicine
Topic: Anorexia Nervosa: How New Findings Support a Crucial Role for the Pediatrician

SPEAKER: Tomas Silber, MD, professor and head of adolescent medicine, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: Stephanie Samson, (520) 626-4657, or Richard Wahl, MD, rwahl@u.arizona.edu

Tomas Silber, MD, professor and head of adolescent medicine at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is the 2008 George Comerci Visiting Professor in Adolescent Medicine at The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Silber will discuss new research results that significantly will alter our understanding of the causes of anorexia nervosa, with definite implications for new treatment approaches. He will present recent research data from epidemiology, genetics, neurobiology, neuropsychological testing, brain imaging, immunology and other fields increasingly pointing toward an underlying brain predisposition to anorexia nervosa.

The lecture will be broadcast locally over Cox Communications cable TV, and simulcast over the Internet by UA College of Medicine Information Technology Services at http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu/. The Internet link will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. (MST) on Nov. 18.

The George Comerci Visiting Professorship in Adolescent Medicine was established to honor George Comerci, MD, one of the founding members of the UA Department of Pediatrics, a past-president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a major figure in the development of adolescent medicine as a pediatric subspecialty in the United States.