Fall Community Medical School


By Jennifer Nachbur

Community Medical School attendees

Community Medical School attendees listen to a presentation in the UVM College of Medicine’s Carpenter Auditorium.

What makes yoga – an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years – good for you? University of Vermont Professor of Neurology Helene Langevin, M.D., has a clue. She thinks that connective tissue, which is located throughout the body, may play a role in yoga’s therapeutic effects. Langevin will be the first presenter for the fall 2011 series of Community Medical School. Launched 13 years ago, this free public lecture series provides the community with a glimpse of the work of top faculty experts at UVM and Fletcher Allen – the state’s only academic medical center.  Presentations will take place Tuesdays, September 20 through October 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the UVM College of Medicine.

Fall 2011 lecture dates, topics and speakers include:
• September 20, “It’s a Stretch: Is Connective Tissue the Link to Yoga’s Benefits?” by Helene Langevin, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Director, Program in Integrative Health
• September 27, SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION: “Bringing Cutting-Edge Medicine to the Community: Clinical Trials at UVM/Fletcher Allen,” moderated by Ira Bernstein, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Senior Associate Dean for Research
• October 4, “A Guide to Breast Imaging: The Latest Technology for Screening and Detecting Cancer” by Sally Herschorn, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Director, Breast Imaging
• October 11, “Biomarkers and Beyond: The Science of Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease,” by William Pendlebury, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Neurology, Medical Director, Memory Center, and Director, UVM Center on Aging
• October 18, “Practice Makes Perfect: Aviation Training Techniques in Clinical Simulation” by Michael Ricci, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Simulation, Clinical Simulation Laboratory

Free parking is available onsite. Registration and additional information are available at 802-847-2886 or www.fletcherallen.org/cms .