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Back to the Future: Where Will Today’s Research Take Us Tomorrow?


Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004
8 p.m.

Shriver Hall Auditorium
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md.

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will discuss research and biomedicine in his lecture “Back to the Future: Where Will Today’s Research Take Us Tomorrow?” on September 28 at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, located at 3400 N. Charles Street. The 45-minute lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period in the Clipper Room.

Dr. Zerhouni’s lecture is part of the 2004 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, “Rebuilding America: Peace and Prosperity at What Price? A Symposium on a Struggling Domestic Legitimacy.” Entirely student-run, the symposium will seek to teach, inspire and open the many issues concerning our nation’s future to the Hopkins community.

Dr. Zerhouni is possibly one of the most accomplished people in America. After moving from his birthplace of Algeria after attending Medical School there, he worked at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he served as executive vice dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, chair of the Russell H. Morgan department of radiology and radiological science and Martin Donner professor of radiology and professor of biomedical engineering. In 2002 he began is tenure as the director of the National Institutes of Health where he has increased the focus toward the biomedical research community for new pathways of discovery and research teams for the future. His accomplishment extends beyond leadership. He also has 8 patents and 157 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Zerhouni attended the University of Algeria and was a resident at Johns Hopkins.

Eighty percent of Hopkins students complete research during their undergraduate years. At the forefront of the research field, what does the NIH—the largest government entity dedicated solely to the advancement of healthcare—have in mind for the next generation? What promise does stem cell research offer? Will America soon succeed in finding cures for AIDS and Cancer? Where do our priorities lie? During his address to the Homewood Campus, Dr. Zerhouni will address issues ranging from the politically controversial to the scientifically remarkable.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (410) 516-7683, visit the MSE Symposium Web site at or send an e-mail message to

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Lowe or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or