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UB Medical Alumni Association Presents Program on Heart Health

By Adrian Finch

Release Date: February 1, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Medical Alumni Association will present a new program, "The Heart of Women's Health," to neighboring physicians, clinicians, patients and families at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Hwy., Amherst, on Saturday, Feb. 12.

UB clinicians and researchers will discuss myriad health concerns, including the care and prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, hormone replacement therapy, and stress and cardiovascular disease.

"The Heart of Women's Health" will feature lectures by a panel of four prominent UB faculty members: Anne B. Curtis, MD, Teresa Quattrin, MD, Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, and Sylvia Regalla, MD. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion. The event is sponsored by Buffalo General Hospital.

The cost of the program, which runs 9-11:30 a.m., is $40 per person, or $350 per table of 10. Registration fees include a breakfast and participants will receive 2.25 continuing medical education credits. For more information and instructions on how to register, visit http://www.medicalalumni.buffalo.edu.

Recently named the Charles and Mary Bauer Professor of Medicine and chair of the UB Department of Medicine, Curtis is a leader in research in cardiac electrophysiology. She will discuss the differences between men and women who suffer from cardiovascular disease.

Quattrin is the A. Conger Goodyear professor, chair of the UB pediatrics department and pediatrician-in-chief at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. She also serves as chief of the endocrinology/diabetes division and director of the Diabetes Center. As an expert in childhood diabetes and obesity, Quattrin will discuss the relationship between diabetes and obesity, and its effect on life at home.

Wactawski-Wende is professor and associate chair of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, gynecology-obstetrics and vice provost for strategic initiatives. Recently, she received an award of $8.2 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to extend the research of the Women's Health Initiative at UB for five years. Wactawski-Wende will discuss hormone therapy, heart health and WHI initiatives for the program.

Regalla is the clinical assistant professor of medicine at UB, adjunct professor of nutrition at the New York Chiropractic College and a founding diplomat of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She will examine the important relationship between stress and cardiovascular disease.

UBMAA's mission is to provide an outlet for UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences alumni to stay connected to the school, and the people involved with it. UBMAA also strives to promote the interests and welfare of the school, its students and its activities.