Discussion of Medical Marijuana, Alcohol Use, Vitamin D Highlight Medical School Events

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Holds Intriguing Discussions Over Next Three Months
PHOENIX – The question of therapeutic marijuana, connections of alcohol and health and the miracle that is Vitamin D are all on the docket over the next three months in lecture/discussion events being held by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.
The downtown Phoenix medical school plays host to two regular lecture series held in central Phoenix locations – the “Start Smart” breakfast series and “Science Café” series held in the evenings. In addition to those events, a special lecture will be held on Oct. 11, “Marijuana – Is It Medicine?” That discussion will be led by Sue Sisley, MD, a psychiatrist and assistant professor with the Arizona Telemedicine Program, who is involved in a proposed research study that would examine the effects of marijuana on veterans with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder.
The morning Start Smart breakfast series lectures – all at 7:30 a.m. at the Good Egg restaurant, 50 E. Camelback in Phoenix, will feature alcohol, the local economy and pediatric medicine. “Alcohol and Health: What’s the Story?” with Cynthia A. Standley, PhD, a research professor at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, is set for Aug. 18. On Sept. 9, Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona, will hold a discussion entitled, “The Upside of a Down Economy: Buying Locally.” And, on Oct. 27, “Why We Do What We Do,” will be conducted by Randal C. Christensen, MD, MPH, medical director of the Crews’n Healthmobile at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
The evening Science Café events are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Bliss Rebar, 901 N. 4th Street. The first is Aug. 29, “The Science Behind the Miracle Sunshine Pill – Vitamin D,” with Mark Haussler, an internationally renowned researcher and regents professor with the College of Medicine – Phoenix. “Can Diet and Physical Activity Prevent Cancer?” is the topic of the Sept. 14 session with David S. Alberts, MD, director of the Arizona Cancer Center. On Sept. 26, “Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury – Past, Present and Future,” will be the discussion led by P. David Adelson, MD, FACS, FAAP, chief of the department of neurosurgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
All events are open to the public and to RSVP, please contact Brigitte Jordan at bjordan1@email.arizona.edu or (602) 827-2018.
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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its first class of first-year medical students in August 2007. The College of Medicine – Phoenix has 192 students training to be physicians. The college seeks to promote health and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for the people of Arizona and beyond through education, research and patient care.