September 22, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527,

        SPOKANE Wash. -- "Why Do I Have Cancer? Impact of Genes and Environment in the Causation of Cancer" is the topic of a free public lecture and panel discussion for health professionals and community members. The event is at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in Washington State University Spokane's Phase One Classroom Building auditorium on the Riverpoint campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
        Dr. Curtis Harris, an internationally renowned researcher in the environmental and genetic causes of cancer, will speak and lead a panel of community health care experts in discussion. Harris is chief of the National Cancer Institute's Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis.
        His presentation is this year's Robert F.E. Stier Memorial Lecture in Medicine, sponsored by WSU Spokane. Seating is limited; those interested in attending should call 509/358-7640 to reserve a seat.
        The Stier Lecture is scheduled in conjunction with the Inland Northwest Cancer Conference, Nov. 5-6, which has as its theme "Research and Clinical Practice: Bridging the Gap."
        The Stier Lectures, coordinated by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at WSU Spokane, were established by Alton R. Stier, M.D., and Robert A. (Bud) Stier, M.D., in honor of their late father. The series features annual presentations from key leaders in medicine who represent the current state of the art and science of medicine, and whose works have increased professional and public understanding of new technologies and challenging issues. The lectures serve the medical profession and the public to increase dialogue and stimulate interaction around innovative ideas and biomedical technologies.
        For more information on the Stier Lectures, contact AHEC at 509/358-7640.


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