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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 03/12/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Cincinnati Hosts International Symposium on Inherited Diseases of the Pancreas

Cincinnati—The Second International Symposium on Inherited Diseases of the Pancreas will take place on March 19—21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The scope and structure of this symposium is intended to spawn interest, discussion, and collaborations that will benefit all patients with pancreatic diseases. Participants will learn about current concepts regarding hereditary pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, and pancreatic conditions related to cystic fibrosis. They will also hear current concepts regarding genetics testing, prevention, therapeutic intervention, and screening for tumors in these patient populations.

"The first International Symposium on Hereditary Pancreatitis marked a new era in studies on inherited predisposition to pancreatic disease in adults. The rapid expansion of information and new discoveries relevant to hereditary pancreatitis, the diversity of pancreatic disease states resulting from mutation in the cystic fibrosis gene, and the genetics of pancreatic cancer have provided the foundation for this second symposium," says Charles D. Ulrich, II, MD, assistant professor of medicine and director of research, Division of Digestive Diseases, University of Cincinnati.

This symposium is sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Division of Digestive Diseases and Office of Continuing Medical Education with support from the Midwest Multicenter Pancreatic Study Group, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Genomic Sciences, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Digestive Health Foundation, and Solvay Pharmaceuticals. For more information call (513) 558-5244 or (513) 677-2960.

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