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Vanderbilt specialist to speak in Jacob Francisco Memorial Lectureship

Tuesday, October 14, 2008JOHNSON CITY – Hemolytic uremic syndrome – a condition that claimed the life of a six-year-old Johnson City boy in 2004 – will be the subject of the upcoming Fourth Annual Jacob Francisco Memorial Lectureship, a lecture series at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine established in memory of that young boy.

Dr. Tray Hunley, a pediatric nephrologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will deliver the keynote address, “Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: Current Practice and Future Possibilities,” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at noon in the large auditorium at Stanton-Gerber Hall (Bldg. 178) on the VA Medical Center campus. Lunch will be provided and will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The lectureship was established to help medical professionals and parents recognize the symptoms of this serious illness by bringing advancements in treatment and diagnosis to the forefront for physicians, allied health personnel, and the community at large. It is designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical and nursing students, resident physicians, and other health professionals with an interest in the topic.

The ETSU Quillen College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ETSU’s Office of Continuing Medical Education has designated this program for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.TM

Fundraising for the Francisco Memorial Lectureship is ongoing so that the work in Jacob’s memory may continue. Future plans include supporting research at ETSU in the area of diagnosing and treating E. coli infection. Tax-deductible checks can be made payable to the ETSU Foundation, Box 70721, Johnson City, TN 37614.

There is no fee for attending the Nov. 5 lecture, but pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request special accommodations, contact ETSU at (423) 439-8027 or visit the Web site at


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