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Publish Date: 03/03/00
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Events Marking Sabin Polio Vaccine Anniversary Announced

Cincinnati—There was a time when children didn't swim in public pools or to go to summer camp, because of the fear that they would catch polio. Albert B. Sabin, MD, changed history when he developed the live oral polio vaccine while on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and staff of Children's Hospital. The year 2000 marks the 40th anniversary of Sabin's vaccine discovery that virtually wiped out polio worldwide, saving millions of children from the crippling effects of polio.

A scientific symposium will be held Friday, April 28, 7:30 a.m.–12:00 noon at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, Rieveschl Auditorium, 3125 Eden Avenue. The building is on the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Eden Avenue.

Scientific Symposium speakers include:

Samuel L. Katz, MD, Duke University Medical Center
"The Future of Immunizations–What's in the ‘Pipeline;' What are our Concerns?"

Eugene R. Schiff, MD, University of Miami School of Medicine
"Hepatitis C: Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment"

James M. Hughes, MD, Centers for Disease Control
" What can we do to address the threat of emerging infectious disease?"

Harry F. Hull, MD, Chief of the Polio Eradication Program, World Health Organization and
Suomi Sakai, MD, PhD, Senior Health Advisor for Immunizations, UNICEF
"The Global Polio Eradication Initiative"

Continuing Medical Education credit is available for this symposium. Pre-registration by March 24 is required. For more information call 558-3863.

A community symposium on infectious diseases will be held Friday, April 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m. at the UC College of Medicine in Kresge Auditorium. A panel of experts from the UC College of Medicine and Children's Hospital will lead a discussion on the fields of AIDS, polio, rotavirus, cytomegalovirus, herpes, hepatitis, and vaccines. The Greater Cincinnati community is invited to attend and participate in this symposium, moderated by Jim Scott, 700 WLW.

"Sabin Saturday" will be held at the Cincinnati Museum Center Saturday, April 29 1:00–3:00 p.m. This event will celebrate the work of Dr. Sabin and will remember the "Sabin Sundays" when the polio vaccines were distributed to children in Greater Cincinnati.

The events are sponsored by UC College of Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Delta Air Lines, Inc. Additional support has been provided by Rotary International, UC Physicians, Inc., and Cincinnati Museum Center.

For more information about the events call 558-3863.

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