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Science in Savannah Hosts Georgia's Cancer Care Thought Leaders For Two-Day Discussion of Policy, Healthcare, and Research Issues

Savannah, GA—Georgia's cancer care policy, health care, and research thought leaders will convene two days of public discussion at the Science in Savannah Symposium, "A Continuum of Cancer Care," on October 18-19. The symposium will be hosted on the campus of Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU). Focusing on education, prevention, screening, and therapy issues, symposium keynote presentations will include C. Michael Cassidy, president of the Georgia Research Alliance and Russ Toal, executive director of the Georgia Cancer Care Coalition.

The panel discussions, featuring twenty-five experts from public, private, and non-profit organizations throughout the state, will include: "The Actions and Science of Prevention," "Education of providers," "Maximizing Cancer Screening," "Finding and Implementing the Cures," and "Cancer Ethics: From Diagnosis to the End of Life."

"Anyone in southeast Georgia with a personal, professional or purely intellectual interest in the current status and future of the state's cancer care resources will appreciate the learning opportunity presented by this cancer care symposium," said Thomas Z. Jones, president of Armstrong Atlantic State University. "The diverse make-up of our panels has been carefully planned to ensure a challenging and enriching educational experience."

AASU teams with southeast regional healthcare providers and symposium sponsors St. Joseph's/Candler Health System and Memorial Health University Medical Center to demonstrate the area's commitment to supporting the Georgia Cancer Coalition, Governor Roy Barnes' state-sponsored initiative to advance the state's role as a cancer care champion.

Created to harness the efforts of the state’s medical schools and research hospitals with those of private organizations that have been working to combat the disease, the Coalition’s mission is to improve cancer detection, treatment, and research statewide through the activation of a public/private cancer care partnership that includes pharmaceutical, genomic, and biotech corporations. Additional support for "A Continuum of Cancer Care" is provided by Elekta Instruments, Inc., a world-leading supplier of advanced and innovative radiation oncology and neurosurgery solutions and services for precise treatment of cancer and brain disorders with Georgia-based North American regional headquarters; and BETA of SE Georgia, a catalyst for the education-driven development of a sustainable, high-wage technical community in Southeast Georgia.

Registration for the two-day symposium is $95 and is open to the public, including all panel discussions and presentations, two luncheons and an on-campus networking event on the evening of October 18. The symposium offers Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon request. For symposium details and registration, call Armstrong Atlantic State University Department of Continuing Education 912.927.5322 or email conted@mail.armstrong.edu.


(October 1, 2001)

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