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    Latest Developments in Reproductive Health will be Focus Of Thirteenth Annual HeLa Women's Health Conference

    Atlanta - Cutting-edge developments and improved outcomes in health care delivery will be the focus of the 2008 HeLa Women's Health Conference at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM).

    Contact: Gayle Converse / 404-756-6701 /

    Atlanta - Cutting-edge developments and improved outcomes in health care delivery will be the focus of the 2008 HeLa Women's Health Conference at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM).

    The conference is designed for the obstetrician-gynecologist in the practice of this specialty as well as residents and students in training, perinatal health care delivery personnel, reproductive health and environmental health specialists as well as social scientists, health policy officials and community reproductive health activists.

    The objective of bringing together leading experts in new and existing areas of medicine will permit attendants to interact between health policy leaders, Ob/Gyn and primary care specialists to affect improved outcomes in healthcare delivery.

    "This year's conference will address mutations in Mitochondrial DNA in perinatal medicine leading to autism as well as Mitochondrial dysfunction leading to ovarian cancer, "said Professor of MSM's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and HeLa Conference Chair Roland Pattillo, M.D. "These cutting-edge developments focus on new findings that the Mitochondria, the "energy factory" of every cell in the body may be disrupted in autism and cancer leading to disease at both ends of the spectrum of pregnancy and cancer."

    Thirteenth HeLa Women's Health Conference

    "Maternal Fetal Exposure Crisis and Current Reproductive Health Threats"

    Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. on-site registration)
    Location: Auditorium, Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care
    Morehouse School of Medicine
    720 Westview Drive SW
    Atlanta, GA 30310

    At the conclusion of the conference, the participants should be able to:

    • Better understand birth defects, teratognesis and gene environmental interactions;
    • Be aware of major environmental toxic substances and their affects on reproductive health;
    • Understand HPV Exposure and changes in pregnancy;
    • Be aware of ultrasound and other diagnostic applications to pregnancy monitoring for detection of fetal abnormalities;
    • Determine HPV diagnostic and treatment recommendations

    MSM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. MSM designates this continuing education activity up to 6.0 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. For pre-registration information, please go to

    From I-75/85 take I-20 West to the first exit (Lee Street/Atlanta University Center). Turn right on Lee Street. First driveway on the right is the entrance to the MSM Parking Deck. Parking fee is $4.00 for all day.

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at

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