The Maurer Foundation Launches Breast Health Connections Lecture Series

This fall, The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education (TMF) will launch its new Breast Health Connections Lecture Series, comprised of educational seminars on breast health. As part of this new initiative, TMF will host lectures at various New York area venues throughout the year. Nurses, healthcare professionals, educators, students, and community members are invited to enjoy informative evening seminars presented by leading health professionals.

The first lecture in this series will be presented by Paul H. Levine, MD, Research Professor, School of Public Health Services, The George Washington University Medical Center on Tuesday, October 11, 2005. Dr. Levine will speak on “Current Information on Breast Cancer Aggressiveness” from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Plaza West Room of the Student Center at Hofstra University.

The lecture will focus on the risk factors that are associated with developing aggressive breast cancer in comparison to the risk factors for developing breast cancer in general. Attendees will also learn about the various methods for detecting breast cancer, the effects that detection methods have on treatment decisions, and the current status of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Registry. A question and answer session will take place at the conclusion of the lecture.

“We are excited to have Dr. Levine speak at the first of the Breast Health Connections lecture series,” said Kim Rozzi, Executive Director of The Maurer Foundation. “Dr. Levine has made great strides in breast cancer research and we are confident that attendees will take away a great deal of valuable information.”

Dr. Levine joined The George Washington University faculty in 1995 after more than 30 years at the National Cancer Institute, where his research program focused primarily on the role of viruses in the development of human cancer. Many of his studies have involved international collaboration, and his more than 250 publications include reports on aggressive breast cancer in Tunisia, Burkitt’s lymphoma in Ghana, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma in Hong Kong and
Singapore. Currently, he is focusing on the risk factors for aggressive breast cancer and is Principal Investigator on a grant that supports his Inflammatory Breast Cancer Registry.

This Breast Health Connections lecture has been submitted to The New York State Nurses’ Association Council on Continuing Education for certification of 1.8 contact hours of credit for conference participants through the Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval has been received from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) for 1.5 CHES Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH). This program has also been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 1.5 hours of AAPA Category I (Preapproved) CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel.

The lecture commences at 5:30 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Registrations received by September 16, 2005 are eligible for a $10 pre-registration rate; after September 16th the fee is $15.

The next Breast Health Connections lecture will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. The Maurer Foundation will welcome Dr. Mary Beth Terry, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University as the guest speaker for the evening. Dr. Terry will give an informative lecture on the modifiable risk factors for breast cancer.