News Release

April 16, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Be Part of Tomorrow’s Medicine – Today!

Discovery Series Explores the Benefits of Participating in Clinical Research

Farmington, Conn. – What is clinical research and how can Connecticut men and women benefit by participating in research studies? A panel of experts from the University of Connecticut Health Center will answer these questions – and more – during a special Discovery Series program entitled, “Clinical Research: Participate Today, Improve the Health Care of Tomorrow.” The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27. The snow date is Thursday, April 29.

As always, the Discovery Series is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Health Center’s Keller Auditorium (use main hospital entrance.) Registration is required. Please call 860-679-7692 or 800-535-6232.

“Clinical research has led to some of the most important advances in modern medicine,” said Pamela Taxel, M.D., an osteoporosis researcher at the Health Center, who will provide an overview of clinical research studies. Dr. Taxel is currently involved with several clinical research initiatives, including new approaches to treat osteoporosis in men.

Other speakers will include William White, M.D., a hypertension specialist at the Health Center who will talk about the importance of clinical trials and will cite examples of successful trials that have been conducted at the Health Center through the years. Dr. White will be joined by one of his patients who was successfully treated for hypertension while participating in a clinical research trial. Also, Lawrence Raisz, M.D., director of the UConn Center for Osteoporosis, who has many years experience with clinical research and created a large interdisciplinary research program in bone biology, will share his perspective on the evolution and progress of clinical research at the Health Center. All of the physicians will participate in a question and answer session at the conclusion of the program.

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