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Spring Session (Seniors)

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Seniors Medical Symposium

The Seniors Medical Symposium is for Baltimore seniors who are interested in latest advances in medicine. The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County, provides a six-week lecture series every spring, where local adult seniors get an opportunity to learn about the recent discoveries in science and medicine from UMSOM doctors and researchers.

2020 Program

Session 1: April 21

The Vaginal Microbiome: It’s Role in Women’s Health and Disease
Jacques Ravel, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology


Session 2: April 28

COVID-19: Where Are We Now? 
Matthew Frieman, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology


Session 3: May 5

Sleep and Cognition in Older Adults
Emerson Wickwire, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine


Session 4: May 12

Micronutrients and Markers of Healthy Aging
Christopher D’Adamo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine


Session 5: May 19

Healthy Aging: Improving Mobility in Older Adults
Jack Guralnik, MD, PhD, MPH 
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health


Session 6: May 26

Palliative Care and Pain Management
Raya Elfadel Kheribek, MD, MPH, FACP
Professor of Medicine 
Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine



Programs from Past Years

2019 Program

Session 1: April 23

Vaccines for Older Adults: Current Use and Future Challenges
Wilbur Chen, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine 
Chief, Adult Clinical Studies Section, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health
Director of the UMB Travel Medicine Practice

Session 2: April 30

Depression in Late Life: What Is It and What Can We Do About It?
Scott Thompson, PhD
Professor of Physiology
Chair, Department of Physiology

Session 3: May 7

The Effects of Early Environmental Exposures on Health, Disease, and Development
Joanne Dorgan, PhD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health
Division Director of Cancer Epidemiology 

Session 4: May 14

The Future of Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease
Paul S. Fishman, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Chief of Neurology, Maryland Veteran Affairs Health Care System

Session 5: May 21

How Immunotherapy Is Redefining the Approach to Cancer Treatment
Saurabh Dahiya, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Session 6: May 28

Telemedicine: The Changing Face of Health Care
Alexander Pappas, MD
Addiction Medicine Fellow

2018 Program

Session 1: April 17

Can Pancreas and Cell Transplantation Be Used to Treat Diabetes?
Joseph R. Scalea, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Session 2: April 24

The Latest Advances in Cancer Treatment: Proton Therapy vs. Traditional Radiation Therapy
Charles B. Simone, II, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Medical Director, Maryland Proton Therapy Center 

Session 3: May 1

Geriatric Psychiatry Who Needs It and When?
Lawrence W. Adler, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 

Session 4: May 8

Science Is Finding Potential New Ways of Treating Hearing Loss
Zubair M. Ahmed, PhD
Professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Session 5: May 15

How Your Genetic Makeup Affects Your Health
Miriam Blitzer, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Division Head, Human Genetics 

Session 6: May 22

What is Xenotransplantation and How Will it Change the Future of Transplant Surgery?
Muhammad M. Mohiuddin, MBBS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Cardiac Xenotransplantation Program