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The Third Annual University of Tennessee Dean’s Symposium will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 29 at the Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue.

The Third Annual University of Tennessee Dean’s Symposium will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 29 at the Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue.

Sponsored by the College of Medicine Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee, the symposium will feature two UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) faculty members, Lester Van Middlesworth, MD, PhD, and James Dale, MD.

Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Medicine, Dr.Van Middlesworth will be speaking on “Unexpected Results: Serendipity in Thyroid Research.” Dr. Van Middlesworth is a world-recognized thyroid scientist whose original radioiodine fallout studies are part of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty display at the Smithsonian National Museum. Two years ago a collaborative effort with other members of the physiology department led to new findings on the effects of radiation. His most recent research was in the areas of hyper/hypo-thyroidism in pregnancy.

Dr. Dale will speak on “Group A Streptococcal Vaccines: After 40 Years, How Close are We?” He is the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the UT Department of Medicine and associate chief of staff for education at the VA Medical Center. Dr. Dale recently published significant results of a phase 1 clinical trial, possibly bringing him within five years of a vaccine against group A streptococci, which are common germs responsible for illnesses such as strep throat and rheumatic fever.

The College of Medicine has designated this symposium as continuing medical education activity for one credit.

The symposium will conclude with a reception. More information may be obtained by contacting: Elaine Beard at (901) 448-8220.