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13th Annual Poster Day for UAlbany's School of Public Health

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 21, 2004) - Students examining everything from cancers in people living with HIV/AIDS to Albany's low-income minorities and their exposure to urban watersheds, will present their research at the 13th Annual Poster Day (SPD) of the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. The event will be held on Friday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Albany Law School Gymnasium, New Scotland Ave. Students who are enrolled in masters or doctor of public health programs within the school will present their research data.

The event, a replica of a professional conference poster session, is offered to students as an invaluable, real life scientific opportunity to present their research data, demonstrate and sharpen their communication skills and learn how to test and defend a scientific hypothesis.

UAlbany students representing five academic (Biomedical Sciences; Biometry and Statistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Toxicology and Health Policy, Management and Behavior) and professional education departments will participate in the SPD. Each poster will be evaluated by faculty members.

The SPD will continue with the keynote address and awards presentation ceremony, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the David Axelrod Institute Auditorium. Kathleen McDonough of the Wadsworth Center at the NYS Department of Health and the biomedical sciences department at UAlbany, will be the keynote speaker. She will discuss "Tuberculosis: A Continuing Challenge."

McDonough joined the Wadsworth Center in 1993 and the UAlbany School of Public Health in 1994. Her studies of tuberculosis and plague examine the infections from two perspectives: the molecular biology of the microorganism and the immune system of the host. With more than 15 years experience working with highly infectious agents, she has played a significant role in developing Wadsworth Center's bioterrorism response capability. She obtained a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Stanford University.

At the end of the event, Excellence in Research and Honorable Mention awards will be presented. The event is sponsored by the School of Public Health, the Wadsworth Center of the NYSDOH, Health Research Inc. and Omnicare.

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