DONALD K. BUFFMIRE LECTURE

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are welcome to cover this event. Dr. Martinez will have limited availability for interviews; to make arrangements, please contact the Arizona Health Sciences Center Office of Public Affairs, (520) 626-7301.

Sneeze, sneeze. Cough, cough. Wheeze, wheeze. If you don’t have allergies or asthma, you probably know someone who does. Ever wonder what causes these symptoms?

Fernando D. Martinez, MD, interim director of the BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona in Tucson, can tell you. An internationally noted asthma researcher, Dr. Martinez will speak about “Genes and Environment at the Onset of Asthma and Allergies,” on Tuesday, June 30, noon to 1 p.m., followed by a reception at 1 p.m., in Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Please note: This lecture originally was scheduled for May 5 in Tucson.)

The free presentation, open to the public, is the latest installment of the Buffmire Lecture series, sponsored by the Flinn Foundation. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour in the UMC Visitor/Patient Parking Garage, just west of Campbell Avenue.)

Dr. Martinez also has appointments as a Regents Professor, Swift-McNear Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Arizona Respiratory Center at the UA. His major research includes the natural history of childhood asthma and the role of genetic, physiologic, immunologic and environmental factors in determining the risk for asthma in early life.

A graduate of the University of Chile in Santiago and the University of Rome in Italy, Dr. Martinez served at the University of Rome, specializing in pediatric pulmonology before joining the UA College of Medicine faculty in 1987. He has written more than 170 journal articles, book chapters and editorials and has lectured in more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North, Central and South America.

The Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine, initiated in 1997, continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bring to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field. The lectureship aims to offer physicians, students and community members opportunities to hear from distinguished leaders in the field of medicine and medical education. In 2008, the annual lecture was expanded to a biannual basis and includes presentations in both Phoenix and Tucson.

The lectureship is named for the late Donald K. Buffmire, MD, in recognition of his distinguished career as a medical practitioner in Arizona and his leadership role with the Flinn Foundation in supporting the UA College of Medicine. Dr. Buffmire, who died in July 2008 at age 85, served as a board director for the Flinn Foundation for 36 years, from 1965 to 2001, including 14 years as president and chairman.

The Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed organization that awards grants to nonprofit organizations in Arizona, primarily to improve the competitiveness of the state's biomedical research enterprise.

The UA College of Medicine is the only allopathic medical college in Arizona. Beginning in 1967 with a class of 32 students on its Tucson campus, the college today encompasses full, four-year medical-education programs in Tucson and in Phoenix.

For more information about the June 30 and upcoming Buffmire lectures, contact Rebecca Anderson, UA College of Medicine Office of Special Events, (520) 626-6177.