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Feb. 19 Café Scientifique to focus on health partnerships

January 29, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Improving health through academic and community partnerships will be discussed at the next Café Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Ferraro's Fine Italian Restaurant in Bozeman. The public is invited to this free informal discussion.

Dr. Keith Norris, professor and executive vice president for research and health affairs at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, will speak on "Got Health? Unleashing the Potential of Community-Academic Partnerships." Norris is also an ambassador for the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research. The Rogers Society, named for the late Florida Congressman Paul G. Rogers, advocates for greater U.S. investment in research to fight diseases that disproportionately affect the world's poorest nations.

Norris contends that vast amounts of new knowledge are produced every day, but most medical findings never arrive at the doorsteps of patients who may benefit. This is particularly true for women, racial/ethnic minorities and other high-risk groups in the U.S. healthcare system. The upcoming discussion will explore the potential benefits of academic-community partnerships in improving health in the United States.

Café Scientifique, co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE Program and MSU's College of Letters and Science, provides a relaxed setting for people to learn about current scientific topics. The concept started in England in 1998 and has spread to a handful of locations in the United States. Following a short presentation by a scientific expert, the majority of time is reserved for questions, answers and lively discussion.

Café Scientifique seating is limited and the event is popular, so attendees may want to arrive early.

For more information about the upcoming discussion, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or lhowell@montana.edu For more information about the Café Scientifique concept, check the Web at http://inbre-brin.montana.edu/index.php?s=cafe-scientifique

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu