09/11/2008

WVU Cystic Fibrosis Center to host Education Day event Saturday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Cystic Fibrosis Center will host a Cystic Fibrosis Education Day from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 13) in room 1905 in the WVU Health Sciences Learning Center.

James R. Yankaskas, M.D., of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center, will speak at the event.  Dr. Yankaskas will discuss new research on lung disease.

Kathy Moffett, M.D., director of the WVU Cystic Fibrosis Center, will also speak.

About 35,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. WVU cares for approximately 120 patients.

Lunch will be provided, and guests will have the chance to win a $50 gift card. Each family with a family member suffering from cystic fibrosis will receive a $20 gasoline card.

The event follows the annual September Stride 5K run and walk, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.  A 1K race for children is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Proceeds from the September Stride benefit the Richard Rosenbaum Memorial Fund, which provides medication and equipment to children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary problems.

Cystic Fibrosis Education Day, while open to patients and families affected by the disease, unfortunately cannot accommodate those who have had a confirmed positive to sputum culture for Burkholderia cepacia complex because of health risks.

Nurses and respiratory therapists who attend can receive continuing education credits.

 

-WVU-


08-174
For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
el: 09-11-08

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