Type 1 Diabetes is focus of UCSF Mini-Med lecture Wednesday, March 31

March 30, 2004

* WHAT: Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, director of the Diabetes Center at UCSF, speaks on “Treating Type 1 Diabetes or How Can I Eat All the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts I Want” at the third lecture of the UCSF Mini Medical School, a six-week series for the public continuing through April 21.

* WHO: Bluestone is the AW and Mary Clausen Distinguished Professor in Metabolism and Endocrinology at UCSF and director of the highly regarded Diabetes Center at UCSF. He is also director of the Immune Tolerance Network, an international program to advance clinical research in innovative immune therapies for autoimmune diseases, allergy and transplantation. He is widely recognized for his research on the biological basis of immune tolerance and has developed a novel drug shown in clinical trials to be effective in blocking organ transplant rejection and the progression of Type 1 diabetes.

* WHEN:  Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 to 9:00 PM (one-hour lecture and Q&A)

* WHERE: Cole Hall on the UCSF campus, 513 Parnassus.

## UCSF Mini-Medical School:

UCSF Mini Medical School VI is open to the general public and designed for people who want to learn more about science and the intricate workings of the human body. In addition to diabetes, this series includes sessions on children’s heart defects, children’s cancer, maternal-fetal surgery, allergies, vaccines and the immune system, and pain.

## Tickets and Registration:

Tuition for one Mini Medical School session is $15. Tuition for the six-week course is $75. On the evening of the event, registration in the 513 Parnassus lobby begins at 6:00 pm.  For more information, email sgettys@pubaff.ucsf.edu or call UCSF Public Affairs at (415) 476-2557.

## Note for Reporters and Edtors:

For interviews with Dr. Bluestone or to cover the event, contact Wallace Ravven, UCSF News Services, phone: 476-2557, pager: 719-4077.