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City Club of Cleveland - Realizing the Promise of the Human Genome
Ralph Horwitz, dean since January 2003, will speak about the impact that advances in understanding the human genome will have on medical care and the challenges facing medical schools in training doctors for these changes.

Horwitz is internationally known for his pioneering research that helped to establish the field of clinical investigation and outcomes research, his distinguished leadership in reinvigorating the Department of Medicine at Yale, where he served as co-director of the Yale Clinical Scholars Program for 25 years, his innovative programs in the education of physicians and the training of physician scientists, and his renewal of the social contract linking the practice of medicine to the civic responsibility of the profession of medicine.

Horwitz and his colleagues conducted landmark studies investigating the relationship of estrogen to the risk of breast and uterine cancer, aspirin to the risk of Reye's Syndrome in children and, most recently, the effects of phenylpropanolamine found in over-the-counter diet pills and cough and cold products on the risk of brain hemorrhage in young adults.
January 30, 2006